Worker dies in accident at Schaefer Rolls in Farmington

FARMINGTON – An accident at an industrial business Tuesday resulted in the death of 60-year-old employee Howard Sullivan Jr.

Fire Chief James Reinert said the department was called to Schaefer Rolls at 12:48 p.m. for a report of a man not conscious and not breathing after an accident involving a lathe machine.

“When we arrived, the patient was pronounced dead,” said Reinert. “He had suffered severe traumatic injuries not compatible with life. (Occupational Safety and Health Administration) was notified and responded. We and police remained on scene to assist.”

Farmington Police Chief Jay Drury said, “This is a terrible tragedy for all involved. … Although it is still early in the investigation, I don’t see any criminal charges.”

Portsmouth lawyer Jay Nadeau confirmed he and Portsmouth lawyer Michael Rainboth have been retained by the Sullivan family of Farmington.

“My thoughts and prayers are with Mrs. Sullivan and her family at this time,” said Nadeau. “This is an extremely tragic event the family is having to deal with, especially at this time when everyone is already dealing with so much.”

A call and an email sent to Schaefer Rolls was not returned Tuesday.

Schaefer Rolls, located at Plank Industrial Drive, is an industrial manufacturer of roll covers.

A spokesperson for OSHA confirmed an inspection at Schaefer Rolls is ongoing.

The purpose of an OSHA inspection is to determine whether there have been any violations of OSHA workplace safety and health standards. Details will not be released until the inspection is complete, which can take up to six months, the spokesperson said.

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