UPDATE: Cause of Death Determined in Workplace Fatality

MONKEY JUNCTION – 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.

UPDATE:  Friday, February 26, 2010 at 10:00 a.m.

Detectives continue to work with the Occupational Safety and Health Administration Division of the NC Department of Labor on the workplace fatality that occurred Tuesday.  Preliminary information received from the NC Medical Examiner’s Office indicates asphyxia as the cause of death. The examination further indicated no signs of blunt force trauma to the victim.  This investigation continues.

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