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Customer killed in yard accident

Keywords: Tags  scrapyard, Eastern Metal Recycling, Robin Godfrey, European Metal Recycling, Lisa Gordon


PITTSBURGH — A customer of Eastern Metal Recycling LLC died shortly before noon Monday after being struck by a runaway company forklift.

Robin Godfrey, 53, of Wilmington, Del., was pronounced dead at the scene after being pinned against the wall of a building at the New Castle, Del., facility, Delaware State Police said.

The accident occurred after an Eastern Metal Recycling worker using a forklift to move a container exited the vehicle. The unmanned forklift began to roll backward and struck Godfrey.

The employee at the yard tried to jump back into the equipment and regain control, but wasn’t successful. The accident is being investigated by the Delaware State Police Crash Reconstruction Unit.

The recycler—owned by Warrington, England-based European Metal Recycling Ltd.—didn’t respond to a request for comment.


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