OSHA looks at death of IFH worker; 23-year-old a 2007 SHS grad
|Cody J. Bragg|
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ROCK FALLS – The Occupational Safety and Health Administration is investigating the death of a 23-year-old IFH worker crushed under steel sheets Friday afternoon.
Cody J. Bragg, of Sterling, was pronounced dead at the scene.
Preliminary reports show that Bragg was operating a forklift, got out of the cab and then was trapped under “several thousand pounds” of steel sheets, Whiteside County Coroner Joe McDonald said in an email.
OSHA spokesman Scott Allen said the agency has 6 months to complete its investigation. He declined to give specifics about how Bragg was killed.
IFH Group officials could not be reached this weekend.
About 4:08 p.m. Friday, deputies and other emergency agencies were called to IFH, 3300 E. Route 30.
The 911 caller stated that a worker was trapped underneath a 1,000-pound piece of steel.
IFH makes custom hydraulic oil reservoirs, fuel tanks, and lubrication storage and handling systems.
No other information has been released.
Bragg, a 2007 Sterling High School graduate, is survived by parents Maurey and Kristy Bragg and brother Wyatt Bragg, 22, formerly of Sterling but now of Davenport, Fla.
Arrangements are pending at McDonald Funeral Home in Rock Falls.
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