Waukesha man killed in Pewaukee workplace accident
The WTMJ News Team
PEWAUKEE - The Waukesha County Sherif's Department says that a 52-year-old man was killed in an industrial accident at the xpedx plant near Highway 164 and Roundy Circle.
They said Andrew Blechacz was the victim. He lived in Waukesha.
The Pewaukee Police Department tells TODAY'S TMJ4 that he was trapped under a five-foot stack of paper.
The plant has been closed since the accident -- a chance for coworkers to grieve and for investigators to find out how this accident happened.
Just before noon, workers, fire crews, and Waukesha County sheriff's deputies rushed inside the warehouse to try and save a worker.
"Employees arriving, sheriff's department deputies, and then the fire and EMS crews worked frantically to uncover the gentleman from the enormous amount of paper that fell upon him," described Steve Pederson of the Waukesha County Sheriff's Department.
The sheriff's department says Blechacz was working inside the warehouse when a shelving unit stacked full of pallets of copy paper toppled over.
Investigators won't say if the man was using a forklift, but they do say that he was the only one injured in the accident.
The company, xpedx, distributes paper and other products to business.
They have a clean record with OSHA in their more than 90 plants across the U.S., except one accident involving a forklift in 2004 in Maryland.
"We are absolutely committed to sending our team members home safely to their families every evening," said xpedx's communications manager Lisa Jonas. "We are deeply saddened by this loss. He was a valued member of our community."