Authorities say a worker was killed Monday at a wind blade storage site in the southern New Mexico industrial hub of Santa Teresa.
Doña Ana County Sheriff’s spokeswoman Kelly Jameson said deputies responded after 12:45 p.m. Monday to a 911 call after a man, possibly in his fifties, was crushed by a heavy block.
“The supervisor at the site said he was working at the site and was shifting a 350-pound steel block and it crushed his chest,” she said.
The man was working at an open-air site where Arizona-based TPI Composites Inc. stores the 188-foot commercial wind blades it manufactures across the border in Ciudad Juárez for Spain’s Gamesa and other companies.
“We are deeply saddened by the passing of an employee of one of our contractors,” TPI said in a statement. “Our hearts go out to his family and loved ones. We will continue to work with our employees and contractors to maintain the safest possible work environment.”
Jameson said she did not know the man’s identity.
Jerry Pacheco, president of the Border Industrial Association in Santa Teresa, declined to comment.