Roggen Elevator Employee Dies in a Workplace Accident

Aug 22, 2014 | WC & Other Laws

On Wednesday, a 28-year old man from Commerce City died performing his work duties at Roggen Elevator, as reported by the Weld County Coroner’s Office on Thursday. The victim of the workplace accident was known as Andres Ramirez, told by Chris Robillard, the coroner’s office investigator. An autopsy was completed on Thursday which revealed that Ramirez died from multiple fatal injuries.

Ramirez was next to a plastic cover that stores corn silage as he was operating a tractor that was to roll up plastic on to spools. Normally, when the silage is gone, farmers will roll up the plastic so they can reuse it, and the spool system attached to the tractor rolls the plastic up. When Ramirez was rolling the plastic on the spool, his arm ended up getting caught in the spool, which pulled him in, causing the fatal injuries.

Ramirez was working alone when he started his shift, and another employee did not show up until 15 minutes after the incident. Occupational Safety and Health Administration officers are investigating the accident. Roggen Elevator is located about one hour Southeast of Greeley, off of Interstate 76 by Keenesburg. A woman by the name of “Becka” told reporters that Keith DeVoe, the General Manager of Roggen Elevator will not comment on the incident.

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