Accident kills 1 at Hirzel Canning Company

Posted by Kate Oatis

OTTAWA (WTOL) - Hirzel Canning Company reports that an employee was injured Tuesday during routine canning production at the Ottawa facility in Putnam County.

The Sheriff of Putnam County released some details: Nicacio Garcia, 49, was believed to have been working on a new machine with a co-worker. The machine is used to wrap plastic around product that has been palletized.

While making adjustments on the machine, a failure happened, causing the machine to trap Garcia under it. Co-workers worked to dis-assemble the machine to free him.

Garcia was taken to St. Rita's in Glandorf where he was pronounced dead.

A Hirzel representative says the plant has been shut down.

News 11 and will provide more information as it becomes available.