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Friends, family remember man who died at Peerless Steel plant

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SAGINAW COUNTY (WJRT) - (06/04/14) - It may take weeks before a state agency releases its findings as it investigates the death of a man at Saginaw County steel plant.

In the mean time, friends and family are remembering the life of Andrew Beckman.

The 31-year-old died Monday night at Peerless Steel in Buena Vista Township while he was working at the facility, which is a steel distribution and service center.

His friends call him Andy, and say he had worked at Peerless Steel for about two years.

Condolences are being written on Beckman's public Facebook page after he died Monday night at Peerless Steel in Buena Vista Township.

Investigators say steel rods were being lifted by a forklift and then loaded on a flat-bed trailer. At some point, the load - which weighed more than 3,000 pounds - shifted somehow, crushing Beckman.

The 2001 Heritage High School graduate leaves behind two young sons and countless friends. One of them, Evan Dukarski, calls Beckman a happy-go-lucky guy that was loved by all his friends and family.

A spokesperson for Peerless Steel says the company is cooperating with the police investigation, which has already determined Beckman's death was an accident. There were no witnesses to the incident.

The Michigan Occupational Safety and Health Administration is also checking to determine if all safety regulations were being followed inside the plant.

Andrea Miller, of the Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs, released a written statement saying, "The investigation at Peerless Steel Company in Saginaw is open. MIOSHA cannot provide information on an open investigation. Typically, this type of investigation may take several weeks or months to complete."

Meanwhile, grief counselors have been on hand at Peerless Steel for its employees.

It's not clear if MIOSHA has been at the Peerless plant since the accident.
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