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Posted: 03/12/14

Washington Twp. man dies
in industrial accident

Observer Staff Writer
      An industrial accident has claimed the life of a Washington Township man.
       Police in Shelby Township are investigating an accident at Colonial Plastics that killed Erik Deighton, 23, around 6 a.m. on March 6.
       The Shelby Township Police and Fire departments arrived at the auto parts supplier on Filomena Drive in Shelby Township to find Deighton deceased.
       Police say Deighton was attempting to clear an obstruction from a press machine when the machine cycled to stamp a part and crushed him.
       "It's just a tragic accident," said Capt. Stephen Stanbury of the Shelby Township Police Department. "It was pretty much instantaneous from the descriptions I received from people."
       The Macomb County Medical Examiner's Office hasn't provided the results from an autopsy as of March 7.
       The Michigan Occupational Safety and Health Administration (MIOSHA) is conducting a fatality investigation. Andrea Miller, spokeswoman for MIOSHA, said in an email that information cannot be provided on an open investigation, but anticipates it will take weeks or months to complete.
       Miller said Colonial Plastics has "no prior MIOSHA history."
       Colonial Plastics is part of Colonial Group, a die and mold-making company headquartered in Clinton Township.

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