Lafayette, Ind.-An industrial accident at Fairfield left one man dead and another injured when they became pinned between a forklift and a semi truck trailer.  The fatal accident occurred on May 19, 2011 at 11:49 a.m. at the loading dock of the plant at 2309 Concord Road, Lafayette, Indiana.

The Lafayette Police Department reported that the two employees were injured when they became pinned between a forklift and a semi-truck trailer on a rear loading dock.  The details of the accident have not yet been released.  One victim identified as Gregory Peterson II, 22, sustained an arm injury and was transported to St. Elizabeth Hospital.  The responding rescue crew pronounced the second victim, 28 year old Kyle Rhodes, dead at the scene.  The Indiana Occupational Safety and Health Administration (IOSHA) will be conducting an in depth investigation into this industrial accident.  An IOSHA investigator has been sent to Fairfield, but no information can be released until the investigation is complete.  For more information see

The Tippecanoe County Coroner’s Office stated that an autopsy has been performed.  The CEO of Fairfield Manufacturing has indicated that they are offering grief counseling to their employees, and confirmed that they would be working with IOSHA and local authorities to better understand what happened on the day of the accident.

If you or a loved one has been injured in an accident involving a forklift or large tractor trailer contact William “Bill” Hurst or call toll free 800-636-0808 to schedule a free consultation.