Man Who Died Falling From Dow Catwalk ID'd 4-14-2011 - WNEM TV 5

Man Who Died Falling From Dow Catwalk ID'd 4-14-2011

Update: Dow Chemical issued this statement on Friday regarding the death of one of its workers:
The Dow Chemical Company is deeply saddened by the loss of one of our employees. David Roy, 47, a Michigan Operations employee, passed away on Thursday, April 14 after falling from an elevated location.
"This has had an impact on all of us, especially those who worked closely with him. It’s been an extremely emotional time. We are mourning the loss of one of our own,” said Earl Shipp, vice president of Michigan Operations. "He was truly a highly valued member of our team and a role model for his co-workers. Our deepest sympathies, prayers and support go out to the family and friends."
The company said Roy began his career at Dow in 1987 and was currently working at the Specialty Monomers production facility, 1130 Building. He was active in the Steelworkers union, Local 12075, as a steward and Committeeman.
Dow and MiOSHA are both conducting investigations into the incident. Funeral arrangements are being handled by Ware Smith Woolever Funeral Directors.


Dow Chemical has confirmed that an employee died Thursday morning after falling about 30 feet from a catwalk at the company's Midland facility.
Several witnesses called into TV5's newsroom and said the man suffered head injuries from the fall. The fall happened around 7 a.m. on Thursday at the 1130 Building, near the Washington Gate.
Dow released the following statement on the incident: Dow is grieving the tragic loss of a Michigan Operations employee who passed away this morning after falling from an elevated location. Dow is respecting the family’s wishes to not release the name of their loved one at this time.
"We are greatly saddened by the passing of one of our own,” said Earl Shipp, Vice President of Michigan Operations. "He was truly a highly valued member of our team and a role model for his co-workers. This is an extremely difficult time for us, and our deepest sympathies, prayers, and support go out to the family and friends."
Dow said the company and local authorities will continue to gather information regarding the incident.
MIOSHA will also conduct an investigation into the fall.
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