Worker dies at hospital after Gastonia plant accident

File photo of an ambulance.

GASTON COUNTY, N.C. — Channel 9's partners at the Gaston Gazette reported a manufacturing worker at a Gastonia company died Thursday after a workplace accident, according to the state Department of Labor.

The accident happened around 2 a.m. at Sika Automotive Gastonia on Kyle Court, off Bessemer City Highway.

According to the Gazette, the worker was cleaning a recycling belt, which carried waste material for re-use, when he got his right arm caught in and amputated by the conveyor.

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Paramedics rushed the worker to the hospital, but he later died, according to the Department of Labor.

His name has not been released.

Sika Automotive released the following statement:

“The entire Sika team is deeply saddened over the tragic loss of a valued colleague and friend. We extend our deepest sympathies to the family and have offered our support during this challenging time. While the cause of the incident is not yet known, we are investigating the matter carefully and will take all steps necessary to assure the continued safety of the Gastonia facility.”

Sika Automotive, previously known as FAIST ChemTec Inc., manufactures automotive sound damping material. The global company, based in Switzerland, with U.S. headquarters in Michigan, employs about 150 people at its Gastonia plant, according to the Department of Labor.