SHARON (WBZ-AM) -- A sheet metal worker was killed after getting trapped in a cutting machine in Sharon Thursday morning.
In what the Sharon Fire Department is calling a tragic industrial accident, the 26-year-old worker got caught between a laser and a loader in a large metal-cutting machine at In Metal.
"Somehow the operator got caught between the laser and the loader," fellow worker David Scott told WBZ NewsRadio 1030's Kim Tunnicliffe. "He was crushed in his midsection and they had to unbolt part of the machine and separate it from the other part to get him out of there."
It took a specialized crew more than an hour to rescue the man. Deputy Fire Chief Richard Murphy said the victim was alert while crews worked to get him out of the machine.
"Conscious and talking to us," he said.
Scott said the man hadn't been working at In Metal very long.
"He's been working here less than a year," he said. "He's got a young girlfriend that's here every afternoon to pick him up. They looked very happy together."
The man was rushed to Norwood Hospital, where he died of his injuries. OSHA will be investigating, along with the Norfolk District Attorney's Office.
WBZ NewsRadio 1030's Kim Tunnicliffe (@KimWBZ) reports