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Man falls, dies at Holcim Cement in Holly Hill

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HOLLY HILL -- A 65-year-old man died after falling at Holcim Cement.

Lennox Wishart Hinckson of 5184 Elba Drive, North Charleston, was pronounced dead at the scene, according to Orangeburg County Chief Deputy Coroner Sean Fogle.

“Immediate cause of death is not available at the time of this release, however, the manner of death is deemed accidental,” Fogle said.

Fogle said the incident remains under investigation.

Emergency crews were dispatched at 8:46 a.m. Tuesday in response to an “unconscious person due to a fall,” Orangeburg County Fire Services Director Teddy Wolfe said.

Witnesses told deputies that Hinckson, a contractor, fell from the pre-heater tower, according to an Orangeburg County Sheriff’s Office incident report.

Witnesses said that Hinckson was working on the fourth floor on the tower when they heard a “bang sound” coming from the third floor, the report states.

LafargeHolcim spokesperson Jocelyn M. Gerst stated, “On Tuesday, Dec. 3, an accidental death of a third-party contractor occurred while working at our Holly Hill, S.C. site.

“The safety of our employees, contractors, visitors, as well as the communities in which we live and work, is our core value. We express our condolences to the family of the individual.

“The investigation of this matter is ongoing, in close cooperation with MSHA and local authorities. Until the investigation is complete, we aren’t able to provide any further details.” MSHA is the Mine Safety and Health Administration.

Contact the writer: mbrown@timesanddemocrat.com or 803-533-5545. Follow on Twitter: @MRBrownTandD.

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