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Oregon OSHA investigates fatal industrial accident in Tualatin

The company has no previous record of OSHA violations

TUALATIN - A fatal accident that claimed the life of one VWR International employee Friday is under investigation by Oregon's Occupational Safety and Health Administration.

Lynn D. Webb, 41, of Portland, reportedly died Friday afternoon after being crushed between a storage unit and a picker machine, similar to a forklift, said Oregon OSHA spokesman Kevin Weeks.

The accident occurred around 3:40 p.m. at the company's Tualatin Road industrial building. Tualatin police and Tualatin Valley Fire and Rescue responded to a 911 call at the site. The Washington County 911 call center notified Oregon OSHA following the emergency response to the accident, Weeks said.

Oregon OSHA has launched an investigation into the accident. An Oregon OSHA investigator spent Tuesday at the site, Weeks said, adding that the investigation's findings will likely not be completed for another six weeks.

After searching Oregon OSHA's database, Weeks noted that VWR International had no record of any previous violations. In fact, a facility inspection by Oregon OSHA in June 2004 found that the employer was in compliance.

VWR, with a number of facilities internationally, services industrial, government, life science, education, electronics and pharmaceutical markets as a distributor of scientific equipment, supplies, chemicals and furniture. The company's corporate headquarters are in West Chester, Pa.