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Forklift kills pipeline worker

Thursday, 7 January 2021 ( #1007 ) - Hill City, MN, United States
The scene of the accident
The scene of the accident
A forklift is being blamed for the death of a man who was working on a pipeline project in northern Minnesota. According to Associated Press, the Aitkin County Sheriff's Office has preliminarily ruled that the death of Jorge Villafuerte III at the Enbridge Energy Line 3 construction site was an accident. It happened while Villafuerte was checking a list of materials while standing behind a forklift. As the forklift started reversing, a co-worker jumped out of the way, but Villafuerte was struck "almost immediately" by the rear passenger tyre, according to the sheriff's office. The 45-year-old Villafuerte was dead by the time emergency responders arrived on the scene. The fatality came less than a month after construction began in Minnesota.

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