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Worker Dies After Falling At Cargill Plant

Thu, 08/23/2012 - 9:43am

BLOOMINGTON, Ill. (AP) — Authorities in central Illinois are working to determine what led to the death of a 48-year-old Heyworth man after a fall last week at a Cargill Inc. soybean-processing plant.

McLean County Coroner Beth Kimmerling says Michael Burleson died Monday at Advocate BroMenn Medical Center. Emergency workers brought Burleson to the hospital on Aug. 15 after responding to a call at the Cargill facility in Bloomington.

Cargill spokesman Mark Klein says Burleson was in the elevator area where the soybeans are stored and apparently fell onto a lower level. Klein says it isn't clear how that happened. He says the company will work with investigators from the coroner's office and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration.

Burleson is survived by his wife and two children.

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