Friday, December 16, 2016

Worker with A&B Process Systems died of asphyxiation by argon gas, a type of gas used in welding at A&B Process Systems in Stratford, WI

UPDATE: Factory worker died of asphyxiation
Wednesday, December 14, 2016 1:48 p.m. CST

STRATFORD, WI (WSAU-WAOW) The worker who died at A&B Process Systems in Stratford has been identified, and the cause of death has been determined. Stratford police say 26-year-old Nicholas Smith of Marshfield died of asphyxiation by argon gas, a type of gas used in welding at A&B Process Systems.

Smith is a welder. He had gone back in to an enclosed area to clean up, but all of the gas was not out of the area.

Police said first responders were called to the scene at 1am Wednesday., he was pronounced dead at the hospital. Several employees also tried to revive him before first responders arrived.

No foul play is expected.

OSHA is also investigating the death.

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STRATFORD, WI (WSAU) -- A 26-year-old man was found unresponsive at a factory in Stratford near the end of the plant's second shift.

Local police and the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) are investigating. The employee was found unresponsive around 1 a.m. Wednesday at A&B Process Systems.

Curt Schmidt, Director of Human Resources for A&B Process Systems, has confirmed that first-responders rushed the man to St. Joseph's Hospital in Marshfield, where he was pronounced dead.

The plant is closed Wednesday during the investigation. Schmidt said, "Tomorrow morning, we will have counselling available to everyone and everybody that needs it throughout the entire day. At this point, that's what we're providing."

No foul play is expected by Stratford police. A&B Process Systems provides stainless steel fabrication and industrial engineering services.