Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Joseph Kemper of Fayetteville died after his head was crushed when he was caught between a lift gate and a trailer at the Coca-Cola Bottling Plant in NC

Fayetteville, Cumberland County, NC

 A 34-year-old worker died Monday morning in an incident at the Coca-Cola Bottling Plant.

The Cumberland County Sheriff’s Office identified the worker as Joseph Kemper of Fayetteville. At 10:36 a.m., Kemper was caught between a lift gate and a trailer, the N.C. Department of Labor said. He suffered a head injury and emergency personnel were not able to revive him.

Kemper was an employee at the plant, which is at 800 Tom Starling Road off U.S. 301 South. The incident remains under investigation.

The release said fatality investigations typically take three to four months to complete and the department has up to six months to complete the investigation.

“We are deeply saddened by the tragic loss of our friend and co-worker, Joe Kemper,” Coca-Cola Bottling Co. Consolidated said in a news release. “Our hearts are heavy, and our thoughts and prayers are with Joe’s family and friends at this difficult time.”


Man crushed to death at Fayetteville Coca-Cola plant, officials say

By CBS North Carolina

Updated: May 9, 2017, 4:31 pm

FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. (WNCN) — A man was killed at the Coca-Cola bottling plant in Fayetteville on Monday after being crushed between two pieces of equipment, state labor officials said.

The 34-year-old man “suffered a fatal compression of the skull,” the North Carolina Department of Labor said.

The incident happened at 10:36 a.m., when an employee got caught between a lift gate and a trailer at the plant at 800 Tom Starling Road, officials said.

Emergency personnel tried to revive the employee but were not successful.

The Department of Labor is investigating the man’s death.