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BREAKING NEWS: Man crushed to death in Dodge Center

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A worker at a Dodge Center manufacturer was crushed to death Monday morning.

According to Dodge County Sheriff Scott Rose, dispatch received a call at about 10:00 a.m. from Con-Tech Manufacturing at 65740 State Hwy 56 in Dodge Center reporting an employee who had been crushed. Deputies arrived at 10:10 a.m. and found Con-Tech staff doing CPR on the victim identified as 63-year-old Teofilo Gonzalez, a 10-year employee of Con-Tech from Brownsdale.

Rose said coworkers explained that Gonzalez was cutting a crossbeam support on a dolly that was supporting a 5000-pound mixer drum, when the dolly failed and the mixer came down on Gonzales. Co-workers used two forklifts to remove the drum from Gonzalez so they could start CPR and try to save his life. Dodge Center Ambulance took over care when they arrived but were unable to save Gonzalez. He was pronounced dead at 10:29 a.m.

Sheriff’s Chaplains were called in to help with family notifications as well as being there to support his co-workers and first responders on scene. Sheriff’s Deputies, Dodge Center Ambulance, and Dodge Center Fire Department were the first responders on scene. Mayo One was unable to fly due to weather conditions. The Olmsted County Medical Examiner’s Office responded to assist with the death investigation.

Con-Tech advised they would be contacting the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) regarding the fatal incident.


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