Workplace injury proves fatal

By Brian Knox | Published Wednesday, May 21, 2014

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A man died Tuesday morning after being injured Monday afternoon at Decatur’s Landmark Industrial Park.

According to the Tarrant County Medical Examiner’s Office, Jack Wilson, 67, of McGregor died just after 4 a.m. Tuesday from “multiple injuries due to forklift accident” sustained at 3496 Gateway Drive in Decatur.

The manner of death was ruled accidental.

Few details about the incident have been released. Decatur Fire Chief Mike Richardson said his department, along with Medic 1 and Rescue 1, was dispatched to Landmark Fabrication at 1:43 p.m. Monday for an injured person. Richardson said he could not confirm if Wilson was the patient due to HIPPA laws but said a male patient had been crushed between two forklifts.

Lifeteam 68 flew the patient to John Peter Smith Hospital in Fort Worth. Richardson said the patient was conscious and alert when he was loaded onto the helicopter.

Michael Griffith, director of human resources for Landmark Fabrication, provided the following statement via e-mail Wednesday morning: “We are deeply saddened to confirm that there was an accident at the Landmark Fabrication facility on Monday, May 19. A non-Landmark individual was injured and passed away while under medical care Tuesday morning. Our thoughts and sympathies are with his family and loved ones. Landmark is committed to safety and we are working to determine the cause of the accident.”

*Editor’s note: This story contains information that was received after the print version of the Messenger was sent to press Tuesday night.

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