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OSHA to investigate accident that pinned man under bin at Buhler Industries' Fargo distribution center

FARGO - The federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration will investigate an accident Tuesday in which a man became pinned under a large metal bin at Buhler Industries' parts distribution center in north Fargo.

The victim's name and condition weren't available. A woman who answered the phone at Buhler Tuesday afternoon said the company wasn't commenting on the incident.

An OSHA investigator could arrive at the facility at 1330 43rd St. N. as early as today, said Tom Deutscher, area director at OSHA's Bismarck office.

Fargo firefighters and F-M Ambulance were called to the site at 8:45 a.m. Tuesday.

Assistant Fire Chief Larry Schuh said the metal bin was being loaded onto a truck when it slipped and landed on the victim.

By the time firefighters arrived, the bin had been removed, Schuh said. The square, open-top bin is about the size of a commercial Dumpster, he said.

The victim was taken by ambulance to a local emergency room at about 9:10 a.m. The extent of his injuries was unknown.

Buhler is headquartered in Winnipeg, Manitoba. According to its website, the company operates several manufacturing plants and distribution centers, including factories in Winnipeg and Morden, Manitoba, Salem, S.D., Willmar, Minn., and Fargo that build tractors, front-end loaders, augers, compact implements and more.

The company also maintains several well-stocked parts warehouses, the website states.