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A man has died in an industrial accident after he fell four floors at a shipyard, police said.

Officers were called to Detyens Shipyard in North Charleston around 4:27 p.m. Monday, according to an incident report.

Workers told police the man was working on the top deck of a ship. He and others were trying to bring a large object up with a crane when a cable wire snapped.

The wire caused an object to hit the man in the face and he fell the equivalent of four stories, the report said. His work hat and eye gear were knocked off and he suffered severe head trauma when he landed.

He died from his injuries around 4:39 p.m., shortly after police arrived. He has not been identified.

This is the second deadly accident to occur at Detyens Shipyard in the past year. In late June, 51-year-old Martin Anthony died of blunt force trauma to the head.

Investigators said they were not able to divulge details of the June accident's cause, as the U.S. Coast Guard and the U.S. Navy's Military Sealift Command are still conducting a joint investigation.

Federal officials have cited Detyens Shipyard for several workplace safety hazards in recent years. In 2015, the U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration proposed fines of more than $100,000 for over 40 safety violations they recorded at the shipyard between 2005 and 2015.

OSHA is investigating Monday's incident, a spokesman said. No further details were immediately available. 

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Fleming Smith covers breaking news for the Charleston area. A native Georgian, she previously covered breaking news and features for The Wall Street Journal and The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.