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USGNN Original StoryAccident at a Cardinal Plant Leads to Employee's Death; Safety Investigation Pending

Christopher Benson, 23, an employee at the Cardinal Coated Glass plant in Tumwater, Wash., died yesterday after falling against a glass lite that severed his left carotid artery, reported The Olympian.

News reports said Benson tripped around 2:30 a.m. yesterday and hit his neck against a glass lite. It's unclear, though, what caused Benson to fall. Paramedics said he died at the scene.

The Washington State Department of Labor and Industries is currently investigating the accident.

"The Department of Labor and Industries has an investigation in progress to make sure safety regulations were in place at Cardinal," says Elaine Fischer, a representative of the department. "Typically [with an investigation] involving a fatality it will take two or three months and it could be longer," she adds.'s calls to Cardinal's Tumwater facility were not returned.

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