Man killed in industrial accident in Fife

FIFE, Wash. -- A 58-year-old man was crushed to death by a piece of heavy machinery Monday morning at a heating and air conditioning distribution warehouse in Fife.

The accident happened just before 11 a.m. at the Gensco warehouse on 20th St. E., according to Lt. Tom Thompson with Fife Police. Medics arrived and pronounced the man dead at the scene.

Investigators say the man was moving a nearly 6-ton piece of equipment that the company uses to bend metal when it fell and trapped him underneath, killing him instantly. His name has not been released, but Thompson said he was a 20-year veteran of the company.

Fife police and the Washington Department of Labor and Industries is investigating the accident.