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Death investigation at Gallatin Steel Incorporated

Date of News Release: 11/23/2010

(Ghent, Ky.) -- Troopers and detectives from Post 5 responded to the property of Gallatin Steel Incorporated located in Gallatin County to investigate a fatal work-related accident today (11/23). The local dispatch center in Gallatin County received a report at 3:27 p.m. from Harsco Metals, a contractor for Gallatin Steel, that a serious injury work-related accident had just occurred. First responders from the Gallatin County EMS, Gallatin County Fire Department, and the Gallatin County Sheriff's Office discovered five persons injured upon their arrival. State Police investigators assumed the scene at 5:10 p.m. and began conducting a non-criminal investigation. Preliminary investigation indicates that injuries to the employees resulted from the explosion of a large tire on a heavy equipment vehicle during repairs inside a maintenance facility.

Harsco employee Robin Kelley (48 years old from Madison, IN) was immediately removed from the scene by Gallatin County EMS and taken to Carroll County Memorial hospital where he was pronounced dead by the Carroll County Coroner's office.

The site manager, David Davanzati (50 years old from Louisville), was in serious condition when he was removed by a PHI, Inc. helicopter and taken to the University of Cincinnati hospital.

The three other employees involved taken to Carroll County Memorial hospital for non-life threatening injuries were:

  • Jeffrey Huff, 51 years old from Lexington, Indiana
  • Thomas Gayle, 53 years old from Madison, Indiana
  • Andy Baumgartner, 53 years old from Turners Station

Trooper Bryan Washer is conducting the ongoing death investigation.

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