Jenks man killed in accident at Sapulpa plant

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Reported by: Tiffany Alaniz
Updated: 1/24 5:34 pm Published: 1/24 3:43 pm

An accident Friday morning at a pipe manufacturing plant left a Jenks man dead.

The fork lift accident killed 20-year-old William ‘Hunter’ Miller.

Miller’s parents released a statement through Jenks Public Schools about their son’s death. Both are longtime employees of the district.

“Family and friends of Hunter will always remember him as someone who was full of life. After being diagnosed with cancer at the age of four, he fought and overcame the disease. A “lifer” at Jenks Public Schools, Hunter graduated from Jenks High School in 2011. He was a member of the golf team during middle school and high school and loved spending time on the course and with the people at South Lakes Golf Course in Jenks. Fishing was another pastime that Hunter enjoyed in his free time. A wonderful son to Crystal and Tony, a good “bubby” to Shelby, loving grandson, nephew, and cousin, and a good friend to the many who loved him, Hunter will be remembered as a hard worker who enjoyed spending time with family and friends. He will be greatly missed by all who knew him.”
The family spokesperson said Miller played on the school's golf team and friends describe him as an overachiever.

The spokesperson said Miller was a fighter; as a child he battled and overcame leukemia.

Oklahoma Highway Patrol troopers said the accident happened around 3:15 Friday morning at Paragon Industries’ Sapulpa facility.

An employee was driving a fork lift to pick up some pipe when Miller jumped on the side of the forklift to ride the pipe.

They said Miller slipped and fell and was then run over by the forklift.

Troopers said he died at the scene.

Paragon manufactures steel pipe used for drilling and pipeline application, also as structural piling in the building industry.

The company was started in 1970 in Sapulpa with just 25 employees; they now employ 400.

FOX23 checked records with Occupational Safety and Health Administration officials and found three planned investigations at Paragon within the last 15 years.

None of those involved accidents.

The most recent was in 2011, when investigators found three violations and the company was fined $2,700.

OSHA officials said Friday’s accident will be under review to determine if they will launch an investigation.

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