Forklift accident kills worker at Indianapolis plant

Indianapolis fire officials say a forklift operator was killed when a floor collapsed beneath the machine at a food manufacturing plant.

Capt. Rita Burris said the accident occurred at Royal Food Products Inc. about 7 a.m. Wednesday on Indianapolis' southeast side.

Burris said the worker apparently drove onto a section of concrete floor that wasn't reinforced and it collapsed beneath the forklift, sending it plunging 14 feet into the basement. She said the worker and machine were trapped in debris.

Royal Foods, 2322 E. Minnesota St., makes salad dressing, sauces and other products. The plant was shut down for the day after the accident.

Burris said the worker was a man in his 50s. Officials didn't immediately release his name.

Please enable JavaScript to view this content.

Editor's note: IBJ is now using a new comment system. Your Disqus account will no longer work on the IBJ site. Instead, you can leave a comment on stories by signing in to your IBJ account. If you have not registered, please sign up for a free account now. Past comments are not currently showing up on stories, but they will be added in the coming weeks. Please note our updated comment policy that will govern how comments are moderated.