A tragedy occurred December 31 in the town of Vance, just outside Tuscaloosa. A 22-year-old lumber yard worker will not see the new year because he was struck by a log that fell from a machine used in the processing of logs into lumber. The fatal construction accident occurred shortly before 8:45 a.m. Friday morning.
According to Sergeant Kip Hart of the Tuscaloosa Metro Homicide unit, the fatal accident took place at KyKenKee Inc., a timber company located on U.S. Highway 11 North in Vance, Alabama. The young man was apparently working near a machine that strips the bark from logs before they are processed into lumber for carpentry and construction. A log fell from the de-barking machine, striking and killing him.
It is not yet known what caused the log to fall, or whether all appropriate safety measures had been taken to prevent injuries to workers in the event a log became unexpectedly disengaged from the machine.
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