An employee of RÃ¶chling Engineered Plastics in Gastonia was killed July 28 while he was performing maintenance on a hydraulic press.
Larry Bridges, 35, of Dallas, N.C., apparently was trying to change a part in the press when the machine restarted, said Juan Santos, spokesman for the North Carolina Department of Labor, which is investigating.
The company said in a statement it is committed to a full investigation. ``Larry was a wonderful person, dedicated employee and well-liked by all his colleagues,'' the statement said.
General Manager Lewis Carter said the incident happened about 12:10 a.m. He declined further comment.
Santos said investigations typically take four to eight weeks. A search of OSHA records revealed that the plant had been fined $561 by North Carolina officials in 2001, for reasons including that it did not produce inspection records for some equipment.
RÃ¶chling is part of RÃ¶chling Haren KG in Haren, Germany.