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Fosston, Minn., man killed in accident at wood manufacturing plant in Bagley

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A veteran employee of a Bagley, Minn., wood manufacturing plant was killed early Tuesday when he was caught in the pulley of a large industrial-size door as it was opened.

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Police Chief Larry Peterson said an official of the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration was expected to be on the scene to investigate the incident.

The accident victim, a 41-year-old man from Fosston, Minn., “was a long-time employee” of Bagley Hardwood Products, the chief said. He was trying to contact the man’s relatives near the Twin Cities before releasing the victim’s name.

The 911 call came in about 8:40 a.m. Tuesday morning, Peterson said. The victim’s jacket became entangled in the pulley that is part of a large, 40-foot-wide hangar-like door as it opened in a folding movement, he said.

The plant is an affiliate of Renneberg Hardwoods based in Menahga, Minn., with other facilities in St. Cloud, Minn., and Sioux Falls, S.D., according to the company’s website. It uses Great Lakes region lumber to make paneling, particle board, plywood, mouldings and other finished products.

A company spokesman said a Renneberg official was at the Bagley plantMonday in response to the accident.

A call to Bagley Hardwood Products wasn’t returned immediately.

The plant is on the west side of Bagley along U.S. Highway 2 and has been in the city more than 20 years, a city official said.

OSHA records show the plant had been cited for 10 violations since 2006. The top fine was $825 in 2012 for failing to properly guard openings in the floors or walls.

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