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Louisville Metro employee dies in accident at city Public Works building on Outer Loop

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- A Louisville Metro employee died Wednesday in an industrial accident at one of the city's Public Works facilities. 

Spokesman Harold Adams said two employees were loading salt onto the dome conveyor at the road maintenance facility around 11:30 a.m. Wednesday when the two men got caught up in the machine.

One man died at the scene. The other man was rushed to the hospital, but the extent of his injuries is not known. 

Adams said  both men were experienced employees who had worked at the facility for some time. 

Louisville Metro Police spokesman Dwight Mitchell calls the incident a "tragic accident."

"The Louisville Metro Police Public integrity unit is investigating," Mitchell said. "The reason why is because obviously this involves a Metro employee."

Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer released the a statement Wednesday afternoon after the accident:

“Today’s accident at the Public Works yard on Outer Loop is a tragedy for our entire city — and a reminder of the difficult and potentially dangerous work city employees do everyday to keep Louisville safe. The tragedy occurred at the salt dome, where employees were serving our citizens by making preparations to keep our roads clean and clear during the holidays. My deepest condolences to the family, friends and coworkers.

“Workplace safety has been a top focus of Metro Government with particular attention to heavy equipment in departments like Public Works. In addition to the OSHA review, I have ordered a similar internal review.”

The facility on Outer Loop is the Public Works Road Maintenance West District Office, which coordinates things like snow response and pothole repair.

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