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An incident at a Columbia construction site left one worker dead Friday, according to Richland County Coroner Gary Watts.

Lazaro Ramirez, 38, was working at a housing development when a pallet of construction supplies dropped on him, Watts said. The incident happened at 172 Council Loop, which is in the Burnside Farm neighborhood south of Garners Ferry Road near Hazelwood Road.

The supplies fell on Ramirez around 10 a.m., Watts said. He was taken by paramedics to Prisma Health Richland, where he died at 12:30 p.m. An autopsy indicated he died from blunt crush force trauma to the upper torso, Watts said.

The Richland County Coroner’s Office is investigating and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, or OSHA, was notified.

David Travis Bland won the South Carolina Press Association’s 2017 Judson Chapman Award for community journalism. As The State’s crime, police and public safety reporter, he strives to inform communities about crimes that affect them and give deeper insight into victims, the accused and law enforcement. He studied history with a focus on the American South at the University of South Carolina.
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