Mesa man dies after conveyor belt mishap at Sky Harbor - East Valley Tribune: Mesa

Mesa man dies after conveyor belt mishap at Sky Harbor

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Posted: Monday, February 20, 2012 2:08 pm | Updated: 2:26 pm, Tue Feb 21, 2012.

An incident that left a 60-year-old Mesa man dead at Sky Harbor International Airport is under investigation by the Phoenix Office of the Occupational, Safety and Health Administration.

Robert DeMarco, a longtime employee of U.S. Airways, was killed about noon on Friday when he became lodged between the upper and lower parts of a conveyor belt in the U.S. Transportation Security Administration's baggage inspection area at Terminal 4, according to Phoenix police.

Emergency crews responded, and DeMarco was pronounced dead at the scene.

There were no indications of foul play, and DeMarco's death appears to be an accident, according to police.

"It's a sad incident," said Michelle Mohr, a U.S. Airways spokeswoman. "We're cooperating fully with authorities in helping to determine how this happened. Right now, our concern is Mr. DeMarco's family and colleagues and taking care of them."

DeMarco's family, including a wife and four children, could not be reached.

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