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Man dies from injuries at Tigard machine shop

The Oregon Occupational Safety and Health Division is looking into a deadly accident at a Tigard machine shop last week.

On Thursday, Oct. 4, Tualatin Valley Fire & Rescue crews responded to Custom Machining Corporation, an industrial machine shop at 16285 S.W. 85th Ave., near Tigard High School.

Crews were told a man was trapped by a piece of machinery, TVF&R spokesman Brian Barker said.

Few details into the accident have been released, but Robert “Hoot” Gibson, 71, was working at the machine shop when his arm was caught in a machine.

Crews had to pry open the machine to remove Gibson’s arm, Barker said.

A Life Flight helicopter landed in a nearby soccer field and took Gibson to Oregon Health & Science University hospital, where he died of his wounds.

Officials with Oregon OSHA confirmed Friday that they were looking into the incident, and investigators would inspect the worksite and interview employees for a report into the incident.

Oregon OSHA spokeswoman Melanie Mesaros could not speak to the specifics of the case, citing an open investigation.

She said OSHA investigations generally focus on whether employees were properly trained to handle the machinery.

Mesaros said the investigation could take up to six months to complete.