Boeing South Carolina worker dies several days after fall

Boeing's North Charleston 787 Plant. (Brad Nettles/ 6/1/12 Buy this photo

The worker who fell off a platform at one of Boeing’s North Charleston factories last week has died.

David Priester, 38, from Summerville, was pronounced dead Friday morning at Medical University Hospital, according to Charleston County Deputy Coroner Brittney Martin.

She confirmed that the cause of death was “multiple blunt force injuries as a result of the fall” on the night of March 18.

A Boeing spokeswoman emailed a statement expressing condolences and reiterating a commitment to safety.

“This is obviously a very difficult and tragic incident, and we are deeply saddened at the loss of our teammate,” the statement read.

According to Boeing, which did not identify Priester, he fell from a mobile platform in the composite fabrication area of the aft-body factory. That’s where the back section of every 787 Dreamliner is made.

The company said it is providing support to the family and co-workers “while also meeting with teammates to discuss the accident and further emphasize workplace safety.”

“The safety and well being of our teammates is a top priority at Boeing,” the statement read. “In keeping with our comprehensive safety plan and internal processes, we are conducting an investigation to determine the cause of the incident and will take immediate action on any corrective actions that are required.”

It is not known how many serious injuries there have been at the plant, as Boeing is not required to report an incident unless someone dies or three or more people are taken to a hospital.

The last incident Boeing confirmed came in December 2011 when a contractor at the 787 complex spent two days in a hospital after a piece of tooling fell and hit him.

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