One dead in industrial accident at New Bremen’s Crown Equipment

NEW BREMEN — An industrial accident at Crown Equipment in New Bremen left one person dead.

According to a news release from Crown, Travis Temple, 49, of Celina, was struck by a lift truck while working at Plant 4 on Monday. He was transported to Mercy Health-St. Rita’s Medical Center in Lima, where he later died.

Allen County Coroner’s Office Investigator Jamie Sizemore said Temple’s body was transported to the Lucas County Coroner’s Office for a forensic study to determine the cause of death. Sizemore said it could take several months to receive the results of the study.

The New Bremen Police Department and OSHA are investigating the incident which happened at 2:15 p.m. August 13.

“We are deeply saddened by this tragic event and wish to extend our sincere condolences to the family and friends of Mr. Temple,” Randy Niekamp, vice president of human resources for Crown Equipment, said in a press release. “Grief counselors are also available on site to provide assistance to our employees where needed.”

Crown Equipment is a privately held, family-owned manufacturer of powered industrial forklift trucks. Its global headquarters are in New Bremen.

Crown’s release states “The safety of its employees is of utmost importance to Crown. The company has notified OSHA of the incident and is fully cooperating with the accident investigation to determine its cause. No additional information about the incident is available until the OSHA investigation is complete.”

OSHA Toledo area Asst. Director Dan Steffen said they received notification of the incident and are in the process of responding.

“Our goal is to figure out issues at hand and the cause,” Steffen said.

He noted OSHA’s investigation, with the support of the police department, will take up to several months to conduct.

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