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Gloversville man dies in accident at Glens Falls medical device plant

Gloversville man dies in accident at Glens Falls medical device plant

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GLENS FALLS — A 58-year-old Gloversville man died Tuesday morning in an accident involving a piece of machinery at the Namic medical device plant off Dix Avenue, police said.

The man, identified as William R. Wissert, was hurt outside the plant on Glens Falls Technical Park Drive around 8:20 a.m.

Police said he was servicing a piece of a forklift-type piece of equipment known as a “picker” at a loading dock when its hydraulics failed and its platform collapsed on top of him, according to Glens Falls Police. He was not employed by Namic but by a contractor working on the machine.

It was unclear what caused the machine platform to fall onto Wissert.

Glens Falls Fire Department responded with an ambulance crew and the victim was stuck under the machine and pronounced dead at the scene.

Glens Falls Police Capt. Michelle Arnold said Wissert was initially conscious and breathing after he was hurt, but he succumbed to injuries a short time later. An autopsy was planned Wednesday.

He was working for a company known as Pengate Handling Systems of York, Pennsylvania, which services the Raymond-brand picker that injured the man.

Pickers lift workers or materials to access elevated storage areas.

Glens Falls Police Chief Tony Lydon said the U.S. Occupational Health and Safety Administration was investigating.

Namic produces fluid management products at the plant, which was sold earlier this year to Illinois-based Medline Industries. A call to the plant was referred to a corporate spokesman who said the investigation was ongoing and the company’s thoughts and sympathies went out to the victim’s loved ones.

Don Lehman covers police and court matters and Warren County government. He can be reached at 518-742-3224 or


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