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Worker dies in northern Minnesota gravel pit

The 40-year-old man was working at a Northland Construction gravel pit in Industrial Township.

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CLOQUET, Minn. — A 40-year-old man was found dead by his co-workers at a Northland Construction gravel pit at 2:53 p.m. Wednesday.

Brad Lewis Wojtysiak, of Culver Township, was found dead after performing maintenance on a conveyor at the gravel pit near state Highway 33 and Sunset Lake Drive, according to a St. Louis County Sheriff's Office news release.

While other workers were in the area, Wojtysiak was alone at the time of the incident and it appears to be an industrial accident.

The death is being investigated by the St. Louis County Sheriff's Office and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration.

St. Louis County supervising deputy Wade Rasch said aspects of the conveyor were running, not the conveyor itself, when the incident occurred.

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"Typically, power would be cut off to a piece of equipment before it is being serviced," he said. "That is what is being looked into then, how exactly that scenario was happening."

The Cloquet Area Fire Department's heavy rescue team responded and assisted with the recovery.

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Dylan covers the local governments of Cloquet and Carlton County, as well as the Esko and Wrenshall school boards for the Cloquet Pine Journal.
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