An investigation is underway following an industrial accident at a business in Johnston Monday that claimed the life of a 22-year-old worker.
The victim was identified as 22-year-old Darwin Perez, a 2-year employee of JR Vinagro, located at 2208 Plainfield Pike.
Police say Perez was working with a belt-driven material sorting and crushing machine when an accident occurred. He was declared deceased on scene.
A spokesperson for the business sent a statement, reading:
"Our entire company is devastated by today's event. During this time of great loss, our deepest condolences are with our team member, his family and friends. The safety of our team members is always our number one priority, and we are cooperating fully with local and federal agencies with the investigation of this tragedy."
This isn't the company's first workplace accident.
OSHA has an open case from November where an employee suffered an injury and partial amputation on a different piece of machinery.
There is also two closed cases--one from February 2015 and one from 2014 in which JR Vinagro was fined $3,500 for an unspecified personal protective equipment issue.
OSHA's area director tells ABC6 that open cases can take up to six months before a full report is finished, but due to the severity of this case, an exact cause will likely be known after an autopsy is performed on Wednesday.
Johnston Police, OSHA and the State Medical Examiner are investigating.