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Man killed on the job at Diamond Plastics

Plastic pipes made by Diamond Plastics in Macon sit outside the plant Wednesday morning after a man was crushed by pipes inside the plant.
Plastic pipes made by Diamond Plastics in Macon sit outside the plant Wednesday morning after a man was crushed by pipes inside the plant. wcrenshaw@macon.com

A man was killed after large plastic pipes fell on him at Diamond Plastics early Wednesday.

The victim was last seen at a coffee break about 5 a.m., Bibb County Deputy Coroner Ronnie Miley said, and then someone found him under the pipes about 8 a.m. Diamond Plastics, which manufactures PVC pipe, is located at 7614 Industrial Highway in Macon.

The man, John Brooks, 55, of Gordon, was pronounced dead on the scene at 8:50 a.m.

Miley said Brooks was using a forklift to load pipes onto a platform and apparently got off to loosen a strap that held the pipes. That caused the pipes to fall.

“It was just an unfortunate industrial accident,” Miley said.

Macon police Lt. Randy Gonzalez said an autopsy will be performed to determine the precise cause of death, but Gonzalez said there is no indication of foul play. He said Brooks fell into a machine that crushed the pipes that wasn’t turned on, and the pipes fell on top of him.

Miley said the pipes were about 2-feet wide and weighed more than 1,000 pounds each.

This is the second on-the-job death in Middle Georgia this week. On Monday, Richard Anderson, 62, was found dead at Atlanta Sand & Supply Co. after he had apparently fallen into a hopper.

Staff writer Amy Leigh Womack contributed to this report

Wayne Crenshaw: 478-256-9725, @WayneCrenshaw1

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