SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — The Occupational Safety and Health Administration confirmed Friday that it is investigating a death that occurred at a Sioux Falls packaging facility earlier this week.
OSHA spokesperson Scott Allen said investigators were speaking with employees and the owner of Bell Inc. to determine what happened in the Tuesday incident. The Argus Leader reports Allen was not able to disclose how the employee died or any identifying details.
Ben Arndt, the chief operating officer of Bell, released a statement saying the company was saddened by the loss of an employee.
“Bell Incorporated will also continue to cooperate with the authorities and investigators to better understand how this incident occurred. The safety and well-being of our employees remains our top priority,” Arndt wrote.
OSHA has up to six months to investigate the death and determine if the company violated any safety standards.
Bell Inc.’s website says it is a Sioux Falls-based packaging company that specializes in food packaging, mail envelopes and consumer products.