Detectives Investigate Workplace Fatality

NEW HANOVER – At 10:35 a.m. New Hanover County Sheriff’s Deputies, along with Fire & EMS responded to Watson Portable Welding, located at 5679 Carolina Beach Road regarding a fatal workplace accident.  The victim, 28-year old Walter Noel Argueta Banegas of Wilmington, was operating a fork lift at the time of the incident.  Employees immediately responded and contacted emergency services upon locating the victim.  Mr. Banegas was pronounced dead upon assessment by EMS personnel.  Although Detectives do not suspect foul play, Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) is leading the investigation.  An autopsy has been scheduled for 9:00 a.m. on Wednesday.

 Additional information will be released as it becomes available.

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