Coroner releases cause in industrial death

NILES – The press operator involved in a fatal industrial accident here Tuesday died from head, neck and chest fractures, a Mahoning County deputy coroner said Thursday.

Daniel Banks, 49, of Leavittsburg, died after being crushed by an aluminum extrusion press at BRT Extrusions in Niles, where he had worked since 2009. The accident occurred at 8:41 p.m. Tuesday.

Banks was transported by ambulance to St. Elizabeth Health Center in Youngstown, where he was pronounced dead.

Information released by Deputy Coroner Joseph S. Ohr, M.D., indicated the accident site was investigated by coroner’s investigators as well as the Occupational Safety and Health Administration.

An autopsy has been completed, but toxicology results are pending, and the accident remains under investigation by both the coroner’s office and OSHA, he said.

“There is no evidence to suggest that the accident was the result of Mr. Banks suffering from an acute medical problem. There is no evidence of drugs or alcohol in the body or at the scene,” the coroner’s office released in a prepared statement.

Preliminary indications are that an aluminum extrusion press became jammed and the worker attempted to free the object.

OSHA has said it expects its probe to last up to six months.