CARLSTADT, N.J.-Jose Serrano-Rivera, 39, was killed April 11 in an industrial accident at Sama Plastics Corp. in Carlstadt. Serrano was operating a computerized saw that cuts rolls of plastic sheet into 10-foot panels when his head became trapped between the gantry push bar that holds the sheet and the saw housing, according to Richard Palmieri, compliance officer at the Occupational Safety and Health Administration in Hasbrouck Heights, N.J.
Carlstadt police, responding to Sama's 11:53 a.m. call, tried unsuccessfully to revive Serrano with CPR, said Detective Sgt. Robert Colaneri.
Serrano was pronounced dead at Hackensack Medical Center, according to an April 12 story in that city's daily newspaper, The Record.
Palmieri said it appeared that the computer-controlled bar had crushed Serrano's head and shoulder and may have snapped his neck. But OSHA had not received the autopsy report yet, and it still is investigating the matter, he said April 18. Colaneri said police had ruled the death accidental. There were no witnesses, he said.
The company would not comment on Serrano's death.
Sama buys acrylic sheet and forms it into displays for restaurants and retail establishments, a company spokeswoman said. It employs about 70-90 workers who operate various equipment including ovens and routers.
Serrano of Jersey City, N.J., was born in Puerto Rico. He leaves his wife, Ramona De La Rosa, his father and mother, five brothers and four sisters, according to The Jersey (City) Journal.