Head injury identified as cause in gas plant worker’s death

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

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