Industrial accident takes life of worker

Posted March 23, 2010, at 10:16 p.m.
Last modified Jan. 30, 2011, at 11:32 a.m.

PRESQUE ISLE, Maine — A 57-year-old Woodland man employed by Columbia Forest Products died Monday evening after he was involved in an industrial accident at the Missile Street facility.

Sgt. Joey Seeley of the Presque Isle Police Department said Tuesday that Thomas Bray died as a result of the accident, which occurred just before 7:45 p.m.

Seeley said that police went to Columbia Forest Products after receiving a call to assist in a medical emergency involving an employee who had been involved in an industrial accident.

Bray was taken to The Aroostook Medical Center by Crown Ambulance after the accident.

He died at the hospital a short time later.

Seeley said that he could not elaborate on the circumstances of the accident.

The state medical examiner’s office is involved in the investigation, according to Seeley, as is the state Bureau of Labor Standards and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration.

Seeley said Tuesday evening that he could not release any additional information about the case.

The company is North America’s largest manufacturer of hardwood plywood and hardwood veneer, according to its Web site.

The Greensboro, N.C.-based company employs more than 2,000 people and operates facilities throughout the United States and Canada.

Officials with the company could not be reached for comment Tuesday evening.

Seeley investigated the accident, as did Officer Rob Thibeault and Detective William Scull. The Presque Isle Fire Department also assisted at the scene.