Worker’s death at Norfolk manufacturing plant investigated

NORFOLK, Neb. (AP) — Officials are investigating the death of a worker injured in a crane accident at a Norfolk manufacturing plant over the weekend.

The Madison County Sheriff’s Office says deputies and paramedics were called to the Continental Tire plant late Saturday afternoon by a 911 caller who said a 50-year-old man had fallen from a lift.

Officials say the worker, Keith Polenske, of rural Randolph, was taken to a local hospital, where he later died of his injuries.

An investigation showed Polenske had been working on a scissor lift when an automated crane hit the lift, causing it to tip over.

Polenske fell several feet to the floor, causing severe injuries.

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