June 29, 2016

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Medina Twp. man, 69, dies in work accident

HINCKLEY TWP. — A 69-­year-old Medina Township man was killed in an industrial accident at his business Mon­day, Hinckley police said.

David Hlavsa died after a power cabinet fell off a forklift and crushed him, Sgt. Dan Huff said.

“He was working on a piece of equipment when it fell on him,” Huff said.

He said the equipment was about three feet off the ground when it “toppled sideways.”

Hlavasa, who owned Ameri­can Metal Industries Inc. on West 130th Street, was working alone all day, Huff said.

A company employee found Hlavsa underneath the cabinet around 10 p.m. No one had heard from Hlavasa since around 11:30 a.m., Huff said, so it was not clear how long he had been trapped.

“There were no signs of foul play,” Huff said. “It was ruled an accident.”

Huff said Hlavsa owned another industrial business in Cleveland and worked in Hinckley part time scrapping large pieces of metal.

“It’s unfortunate he was working alone,” Huff said.

Hlavsa’s wife, Caroline, said “he loved his family very much.” The 16-year Medina resident also loved to hunt and fish, she said.

She said they have five chil­dren and seven grandchildren.

A complete obituary appears on A2.

Contact Jennifer Pignolet at (330) 721-4063 or jpignolet@medina-gazette.com.