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Odessa Man Killed in Midland Industrial Accident

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Jarod Cassidy3 years ago

A 77-year-old man was killed in an industrial accident at the Midland Farmer’s CoOp’s cotton gin either sometime between Sunday evening and Monday morning.

Authorities Investigate Midland Farmer’s Co-Op Death

According to the Midland Reporter-Telegram, 77-year-old Monty D. Daniels III was last seen alive around 5:30 p.m. Sunday. On Monday morning, Daniels was found dead in truck trailer under an overflowing pile of cotton seed.

In a press release, the Midland County Sheriff’s Office stated that they believed Daniels was attempting to un-block a jam in the cotton gin with a stick when the accident happened. He was pronounced dead at 9:58 a.m. Monday.

It is unclear if Daniels was employed by the co-op or a different company. An autopsy has been scheduled.

Workplace Injury Statistics

The following information was provided by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA):

  • 4,404 U.S. workers were killed in on the job accidents in 2013 – this averages to 85 deaths a week or more than 12 deaths a day.
  • 3,929 of those deaths occurred in the private industry with 796 being linked to construction.
  • OSHA conducted 39,228 federal inspections and 50,436 state inspections in 2013.


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