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Man dies after accident at International Paper

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A man has died after an industrial accident Tuesday morning at International Paper, according to Savannah Fire.

The victim, identified as Juan Medina, died after he was trapped by fallen pipes.

The fire department says crews first responded at around 8:22 a.m. to a report of a structural collapse.

Firefighters found that a boiler platform collapsed as a demolition crew was working to cut through pipes and remove it, and a man working in a manlift was trapped beneath the wreckage.

The Technical Rescue Team cleared a passage through the mass of metal boiler pipes, about 16,000 pounds, and cut through a metal plate to access the victim.

But the man had already died, according to Savannah Fire.

The scene has since been turned over to Chatham County police and International Paper’s Emergency Response Team.

Those teams were working with engineers to determine a safe method for recovering the victim, according to fire officials.

FOX 28 reached out to International Paper about the incident. They released the following statement:

We are saddened to learn of the loss of one of our contractor team members, Juan Medina. This is a difficult day for all of us here at the Savannah mill and our thoughts are with Juan’s family, friends and colleagues. We are working with authorities to determine the cause of this accident and we will share the findings once we are able to do so. Safety is paramount for all of us at International Paper, which makes today’s news that much more difficult to process