An accident at a distribution center in Mexico, Missouri, killed a 30-year-old man. It happened at Home Decorators , a subsidiary to Home Depot, at 4655 East Liberty at about 12:30 p.m. Tuesday. Kenneth Baker was underneath a dock plate attempting to repair it when the dock plate fell on the Auxvasse man, according to Major Brice Mesko with the Mexico Public Safety Department. When Baker was found by fellow employees, several of them worked together to lift the dock plate and begin CPR before emergency responders got there. Baker was taken to Audrain Medical Center where he was later pronounced dead. Spokesman Stephen Holmes told KRCG the Occupational Safety and Health Administration is investigating and Home Depot is cooperating with local authorities. Only one person was injured and the company says it's reviewing safety procedures to ensure the safety of all employees at the center. Home Depot statement: "We are deeply saddened by the passing of our dedicated associate. Our hearts, prayers and deepest sympathies go out to the family during this difficult time. Because the matter is currently under investigation by local authorities, we cannot comment on any specifics at this time. However, we will continue to cooperate fully with the authorities, and we will continue to support all of our associates at this facility as they deal with the death of their coworker and friend."We are extremely serious about the safety of our associates, and our safety team is conducting a thorough review of the incident to determine what, if anything, could have been done to avoid it. We have also reported the incident to OSHA, and we will fully cooperate with them on any investigation."
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