FOREST CITY, Iowa – A Forest City man working as a contractor was killed at a manufacturing plant in Fort Dodge.
Shannon Torkelson, 41, died as a result of the construction accident when he was hit and pinned under a steel beam Thursday evening.
Iowa Occupational Safety and Health Administration spokeswoman Deborah Babb says the beam was being erected as part of a construction project at CJ Bio America in Fort Dodge when the accident happened.
Eric Kingland, President of Kingland Construction Services, issued the following statement on Torkelson's death:
"We are deeply saddened by the loss of our employee, Shannon Torkelson, who died Thursday, July 19, after an accident on a job site in Fort Dodge."
"Our immediate focus is on supporting Shannon’s family and our staff in the aftermath of this tragic event. Shannon was a hardworking and fun-loving employee who will be deeply missed. Obviously, this is an extremely challenging time for Shannon’s family, as well as for our company and for anyone he worked with or who knew him. Shannon “Torky” Torkelson was a dedicated founding employee with Kingland Construction since 2013."
"Iowa OSHA responded to the accident and we are cooperating fully with the investigation. In addition, we have offered grief support services to our employees."
"At this early stage of the investigation, we have no further details or comments. OSHA investigators indicated the investigation may take several months."
CJ Bio America produces the amino acid lysine, which is added to feed for poultry and swine. A $51 million expansion project is underway to allow the plant to make another amino acid, L-Threonine.
- The Associated Press contributed to this report.