Investigation into Worker Deaths

11-1-04 – Employees at the Cooper B-Line plant in Sherman are back at work after two workers died Friday.

Sherman police and federal authorities are investigating how two workers at the facility on Fallon Drive were killed Friday afternoon. The men were apparently trapped by a piece of heavy equipment. A co-worker spotted the two men, but police still aren't sure how it happened or whether it was an accident.

Sherman Police Sergeant Charley Smith says the men apparently became trapped under a metal-cutting machine as they worked at a Cooper B-Line plant. Smith says there were no witnesses and that police are investigating as a precaution.

Police say the victims were 37 year old Maurice Vickers, of Sherman, and 44 year old James Canady of Southmayd.

Smith says both bodies were sent to the Dallas County medical examiner's office for autopsies.

Authorities also notified the Occupational Safety & Health Administration of the incident. OSHA investigators were on the scene Saturday.

Cooper B-Line, based in Highland, Ill., makes metal supports and enclosures for mechanical, electrical and telecommunications industries.

In a statement released over the weekend, officials for the company said, “Our hearts go out to Allen and Paul’s families during this difficult time.”

“These deaths remind us all that job safety and health can never be taken for granted.”

No details in the federal investigation have been released.