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Identity of victim in Fairfax area gravel pit is released

OLIVIA -- Renville County authorities have released the identity of the worker killed in an industrial-type accident in a gravel pit near Fairfax on Tuesday as Aaron D. Kaufmann, 24, of Hutchinson.

He had become entangled in a piece of machinery and suffered an amputation.

The Renville County Sheriff's Department responded to a call at the site at 12:02 p.m. and discovered that the victim was no longer entangled in the machine, but was not breathing and had not pulse. Resuscitation efforts were unsuccessful and he was pronounced dead at the scene.

Investigation revealed that he had become entangled in a moving conveyor belt, the Sheriff's Office reported.

The accident is being investigated by the Renville County Sheriff's Office and the Mine Safety and Health Administration.