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Man killed in forklift incident in O'Fallon, Missouri, identified

At about 6:30 a.m., emergency crews responded to R&R Contracting at 818 Lone Star Drive.
Credit: 5 On Your Side

O'FALLON, Mo. — A man has died after an incident with a forklift in St. Charles County. 

He was identified Thursday afternoon as Kenneth Atchison, 36, of St. Clair, Missouri.

At about 6:30 a.m., emergency crews responded to R&R Contracting at 818 Lone Star Drive in O’Fallon, Missouri.

Employees told police they arrived at work to find Atchison unresponsive in what appeared to be an industrial-related death involving a forklift. Atchison was pronounced dead at the scene.

Investigators from the O'Fallon Police Department and the medical examiner's office responded to the business to determine what led to Atchison's death, which is still under investigation at this time.

The view from Sky5 showed police tape surrounding an industrial building and several portable toilets that were loaded onto the back of a trailer.

This is the second time this week that a man was killed in an industrial-related incident in the St. Louis area.

On Tuesday, Shawn Pritchett was working at a Metropolitan St. Louis Sewer District (MSD) construction site in Shrewsbury when he was hit and pinned down by a crane.

According to MSD spokesperson Sean Hadley, Pritchett was a contracted employee and had been on the job for two weeks.

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