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Worker Dies After Being Struck By Iron Beams at Spring Valley Warehouse

The worker was identified as a man in his 20s

Occupational safety inspectors were investigating a deadly accident at an iron company in Spring Valley Wednesday. 

An employee of West Coast Iron was struck by iron beams that fell off a truck at the yard on Jamacha Road just before 10:20 a.m., a spokesperson for the California Occupational Safety and Health Administration (Cal/OSHA) said.

The worker, identified as 29-year-old Gregorio Segundo, was transported to a nearby hospital but did not survive, Cal/OSHA said. His father who also works for West Coast Iron was at the scene.

The agency is investigating the incident and did not provide any other information. 

Alvano Ledesna worked at West Coast Iron for eight years. Now he lives across the street from the warehouse.

"The kind of work that you do there, it is dangerous, it's destructive. Everything is heavy metal," he said. "You can be working, somebody else can be operating the crane, you don't look at him, and he'll hit you."

A West Coast Iron spokesperson said the company had no comment on Wednesday's incident.

According to the Department of Labor, the last accident at the business was in 2014.

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