Workplace accident claims 34-year-old man

A construction worker is dead after a 30-foot piece of iron fell and struck him on the head Monday.

BK Construction employee Jorge S. Rodriguez, 34, of Vera Cruz, Mexico, was attempting to move steel I-beams at the AGY plant in Aiken when the piece of iron fell 7 feet, hitting him on the head, Aiken County Coroner Tim Carlton said.

Rodriguez was taken to Aiken Regional Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead after arriving at the emergency department.

An autopsy is scheduled to take place in Newberry, S.C., on Tuesday, Carlton said.

The coroner’s office is investigating the accident.

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