Officials investigating fatal cotton gin accident

Two weeks ago, a man who was working as a forklift operator at Jones County Cotton Gin to raise money for Christmas was injured in a workplace accident at the cotton gin. The 62-year old worker passed away later that day from the traumatic injuries he suffered in the accident.

Emergency crews found the man conscious and lying on the ground surrounded by cotton bales that appeared to have fallen. The bales weigh several hundreds of pounds each.

There were no witnesses to the accident. Investigators with the North Carolina Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Division, Jones County Cotton Gin, and the company’s insurance company are looking into what caused the fatal accident.

Our utmost sympathies go out to the victim’s family and friends.