Saluda grandmother found dead at manufacturing plant

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News 12 at Six O'Clock, May 23, 2007.

EDGEFIELD CTY, S.C.---A Saluda woman is found dead at a manufacturing plant in Trenton. It happened yesterday around 10:30 a.m. when 53-year-old Sandra Taylor was found lying on the floor at the Edgefield Manufacturing Company.

The Edgefield County Coroner says Taylor was found lying near the base of a machine. Officials at the manufacturing plant say Taylor was a machine operator for the company who manufactures synthetic fiber.

Tykelea Butler, Taylor's grandaughter, says she was close to her grandmother calling her, her best friend. "We called her 'nana' because she said she was young not old, not a grandma," Butler said. The autopsy found Taylor died of skull and neck fractures due to blunt force trauma to the head.

But exactly how it all happened is still under investigation because the coroner says there were no witnesses at the time of the accident. "It'd be premature right now to make any comments on those events right now, we're waiting on answers like everyone else," said Willie Simpkins, president of the Edgefield Manufacturing Company.

But Taylor's family tells us this wasn't the first time she was injured on the job. Recently they say, she was sent home from a cut on her hand and then burned by one of the machines not long after that. "I can't comment on those events but I can say it was first degree burns in that occurrence and it's something that happens in manufacturing," Simpkins said.

The state's Occupational Safety and Health Administration office is investigating the accident, they say it is standard procedure whenever there is a fatality on the job to make sure there were no safety violations that may have contributed to the death.

The final reports could be completed in as early as six weeks but by law they are allowed up to six months to finalize their investigation.

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