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Worker at Disneyland dies after being struck by metal panel

Disneyland. A worker died Aug. 29 after being hit by a metal plate.
An undated photo show crowds at Disneyland. A man working on an HVAC system at the park died Thursday.
(Jae C. Hong / Associated Press)

A 38-year-old man died after being struck by a metal plate while working on an air conditioning system at Disneyland in Anaheim early Thursday.

Javier Jimenez, who was employed by a contractor for Disneyland, was inside an 8- to 10-foot-deep trench in a backstage area outside the park installing chiller lines for an HVAC system shortly after 3 a.m. when he was injured, said Sgt. Daron Wyatt, a spokesman for Anaheim Fire & Rescue.

The workers were lowering a piece of equipment into the trench when it struck a crossbeam and knocked over a metal panel, which fell on the man and knocked him over, Wyatt said.

Firefighters hoisted the man from the trench and took him to the hospital, where he died.

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“We are saddened by this tragic accident involving a contractor and on behalf of Disneyland Resort extend our deepest sympathies to Mr. Jimenez’s family, friends and coworkers,” Liz Jaeger, a spokeswoman for the Disneyland Resort, said in a prepared statement.


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