CASPER, Wyo. (AP) — The Lincoln County coroner has determined that head trauma caused the death of an employee at a natural gas processing plant in southwestern Wyoming.
The Casper Star-Tribune reports (http://bit.ly/2cPfMbJ ) that Michael Smuin, of Kemmerer, died at the Williams plant in Opal last week. Coroner Michael Richins says the 36-year-old operator technician had been thrown off his feet and into surrounding structures, causing him to suffer a cranial fracture. He died instantly.
Richins found Smuin also sustained burns but those didn’t contribute to his death.
Preliminary reports from state regulators say Smuin was found dead near a burst pipe.
The incident remains under investigation by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration.
The Williams plant has resumed operations after a brief shutdown following Smuin’s death.
Information from: Casper (Wyo.) Star-Tribune, http://www.trib.com