IAM Mourns Oregon Woodworker Killed On Job

The IAM mourns the death of District W24 member Justin Simons, 31, who died in December 2014 after becoming trapped in a piece of machinery at a Weyerhaeuser sawmill facility in Cottage Grove, OR.

Simons died at the scene after employees and first responders were unsuccessful in reviving him, a spokeswoman for the Oregon Occupational Safety and Health Division (OSHA) said.

The Lane County Sheriff’s Office and Oregon OSHA are investigating the incident.

Simons, a millwright apprentice, had worked at the facility for seven years.

A fundraising site has been set up to support Simons’ wife and three children, ages 6, 4 and 3.

“Justin was a hard-working man, who in his free time loved hunting, camping, the coast and spending time with his family,” the site reads.

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