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From the Fatality Files: Falling Coffee Machine Kills Worker

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A 48-year-old man who was highly regarded in the coffee industry died after a large commercial coffee maker fell on his head and chest.

James Karr, who founded a company called SteamVolt, which specializes in craft coffee roasting technology, and is described as both a “guru” and a “mentor” in the industry, lost his balance while working at an event in Chicago, and grabbed the machine in an effort to steady himself. The machine then fell on him.

He died soon afterwards in Northwestern Memorial Hospital in Chicago.

An autopsy showed Karr died as a result of multiple crushing injuries.

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) is investigating the fatality.

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