Liphart Steel

Liphart Steel Company in Verona.

A 36-year-old man died Monday after a workplace accident at Liphart Steel in Verona.

The Augusta County Sheriff's Office said deputies were dispatched to the facility on Mid Valley Lane shortly before noon Monday. The worker, Thomas Breeden, was pronounced dead by fire and rescue personnel.

Investigators said Breeden was "attempting to slide the tandem axels on a flatbed trailer when he became pinned."

Breeden was transported to the medical examiners office in Roanoke for an autopsy. The investigation into Breeden's death is ongoing and being handled by the Augusta County Sheriff's Office and Virginia Occupational Safety and Health Administration.

"This was a tragic accident," Augusta County Sheriff Donald Smith said. "Our thoughts are with the Breeden family and his co-workers."

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