South Kansas man dies in industrial accident

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ROSE HILL, Kan. (WIBW/AP) — A Kansas man has died in an accident at his workplace.

Rose Hill police say 24-year-old Robert Haigler of Udall died Tuesday morning at Viking Blast & Wash Systems.

Police say Haigler was operating a lathe when the part he was working on bent and hit him in the head. He died instantly.

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration is investigating the accident. The agency says it may issue citations and penalties if the agency finds any violations.

“Our condolences are with the worker’s family and friends who have suffered an irreplaceable loss,” said Judy Freeman, OSHA’s Area Director in Wichita. “Tragically, more than 4,300 workers die each year from work-related causes that equates to more than 12 every day.”