Five Story Fall At Steel Dynamics Turns Fatal

By Scott Sarvay
By Megan Trent

May 18, 2011 Updated May 18, 2011 at 5:33 PM EDT

BUTLER, Ind. (Indiana’s NewsCenter) - OSHA officials continue their investigation into the death of a 27-year-old garrett man who died Tuesday after falling through the roof of Iron Dynamics in Butler.

Although David Gingery was wearing a protective harness, the safety cable it was attached to snapped during the 100+ foot fall.

The DeKalb County Sheriff's Department is looking into the matter and OSHA officials say it could take them several days or weeks to determine if all safety guidelines were met.

Police say a DeKalb County man plummeted five stories to his death at Iron Dynamics after falling through a soft spot in the facility's roof.

Detective Adam Friedel with the DeKalb County Sheriff's Department says the man was with three other workers cleaning soot from the roof at Iron Dynamics, a Steel Dynamics corporation, when the incident took place.

Law enforcement responded to reports of an industrial accident around 9:00 a.m. Tuesday morning. Upon arriving at the scene, Friedel says they found the body of 27-year-old David Gingrey of Garrett on the floor of the iron-ore building.

In addition, Friedel says all four men on the roof were wearing a harness and lanyard hooked up to a safety cable called a rat line. However, when Gringery fell, the cable snapped.

The DeKalb County coroner was called to the scene, but the death has not officially been ruled an accident yet. An OSHA investigator was on the scene all day as well.

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