Contract Worker Falls to His Death in Crane Accident at NewPage Paper Mill in Rumford, ME

RUMFORD, ME—August 26, 2014—Local police and officials from the Occupational Safety and Health Administration are looking into the circumstances that caused a contract worker to fall to his death at NewPage Corp.’s paper mill here.

The worker, 35-year-old Brant Munster of Newport, ME, died from a fall while working on a crane inside the mill, WCSH-TV reported. Munster, an employee of Somatex Crane, was approximately 28 feet off the ground doing repair work when he struck a roof support and fell, according to police.

Internal emergency personnel, Rumford Police and EMS all responded to the scene.

The area where the accident occurred will remain closed throughout the investigation, NewPage spokesman Tony Lyons told the Portland Press Herald. Due to the ongoing investigation, Lyons said that NewPage would not have any comment.

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