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Ohio Bowling Alley Worker Crushed to Death by Pinsetter

By    |   Monday, 10 Nov 2014 12:39 PM

An Ohio bowling alley worker was crushed and killed after the pinsetter mechanism he was working on engaged and snagged on a piece of his clothing last week.

David Geiger, a 53-year-old maintenance worker at Northwest Lanes in Fairfield, Ohio, was found dead Thursday after the machine pulled him back and crushed him, WCPO.com reported.

"He was sent back for a problem with one of the lanes," Fairfield police spokesperson Doug Day said in a statement. "He'd been back there, they tried to call him, and when he didn't answer the call they went back there and they found him."

The bowling alley was open and full of customers when the accident happened, but no one saw anything, the news site noted.

"The machines are about 40 to 50 years old — they're good machines, but just like any running machine they're dangerous," Nathan Hursell, who used to work with Geiger, told WCPO.com. "They got gears, pulleys, everything's running back there."

The last fatal bowling alley accident was in Oklahoma in 2006, according to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration.

"Dave was a stand-up guy," Hursell said of the 30-year veteran bowling alley maintenance worker. "He knew exactly what he was doing back there. It's one of those things where you don't think twice of that happening. It's just a common spot that we get in the machines and it's just a freak accident."

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