Corvallis farm worker dies after being pinned against wall by equipment

PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — A farm worker lost his life during an accident in Corvallis Thursday, the Benton County Sheriff’s Office announced.

The 56-year-old David Breyman III, of Dallas, had gotten pinned against a wall during an incident in which he was attempting to unload a truck carrying 27 tons of corn meal feed by himself at a dairy farm south of Corvallis, officials said.

Deputies and the Corvallis Fire Department responded around 2:45 p.m., finding Breymann unconscious, without a pulse, and not breathing. Lifesaving efforts were attempted by deputies and good samaritans but were unsuccessful. Fire personnel who arrived shortly after were able to get Breyman dislodged by removing part of the wall and attempted life-saving measures as well but couldn’t revive him, officials said.

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In a statement, Sheriff Jef Van Arsdall commended Breyman’s work as a farmer helping to get food to families.

“We extend our heartfelt sympathies to the family. Your dedication to put food on our tables does not go unnoticed and we’re terribly sorry for your loss,” Van Arsdall said.

Investigators believe the trailer’s unloading mechanism gate swung open from the feed pushing behind it and pinned Breyman against the barn wall. A farm worker used the phone to call for help after hearing the yell of Breyman, who was working for a trucking and feed company out of Polk County. The individual shut off the trailer unloading mechanism, stopping more feed from piling up.

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