LAWTON, Okla. – Tragedy struck overnight at Lawton's Bar-S plant when a worker became trapped in one of the machines, an auger, for over an hour and a half.
The accident happened shortly before midnight Tuesday at the plant. When emergency workers arrived they found the worker trapped inside the machine from the legs down. Michael Raper died Wednesday afternoon.
Police reports show he was at work at the Bar-S Plant located at the 800 block of SW Goodyear Blvd. in Lawton when he got caught in an auger, a drilling device that usually contains a rotating blade that causes material to move in and out of a hole that is being drilled. As far as how the accident happened, that information has not been released.
7News called Bar-S officials Wednesday and they said their human resources department was very busy and could not speak right then. We also contacted OSHA to see if they would be conducting an investigation of their own. We still have not heard back from them.
According to an incident report, a fork lift had to be used to stabilize the machinery while it was cut in half in order to free Raper. It took emergency responders nearly two hours to free him.
Initially hospital officials wanted to fly the victim to an Oklahoma City hospital but Raper could not be stabilized so he was then taken to Comanche Memorial.