Man dies after being caught in a paper machine

(Source: Norton Funeral Home)
(Source: Norton Funeral Home)

HARTSVILLE, SC (WMBF) - An accident at Sonoco Products Monday claimed the life of a Hartsville man.

Jeffrey Scott Brown who went by Scott, died after being caught in a machine used to make paper. He had only been full-time with the plant for 3 months.

The 35 year old was pronounced dead at the scene by Darlington County Officer Todd Hardee shortly after 8 a.m. Monday morning. The plant was immediately shut down after the accident occurred.

Brown worked at the plant with his wife, father and extended family members.

"It was an honor to be able to call Scott a friend. He was an outgoing individual, a jack of all trades. He has a close knit family and they do a lot together. He loved to go fishing in the inlet with his father, and was a huge NASCAR fan," remembers Scott Norton, a family friend and funeral director at Norton Funeral Home.

Global Safety Director Gary Kooper tells WMBF News that the investigation into the incident is ongoing and there will be safety changes once the investigation is complete.

"We will determine what course of action we need to take – any design changes, procedure changes, remember its people, process, procedure, if any of those three things need to change pending the investigation," says Kooper.

Until the investigation wraps up, retired works and grief counselors have been called in to talk with employers about the accident. The Darlington County Coroner's Office is assisting the plant as they investigate this incident.

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