A temporary worker was killed Thursday when he was sucked into a 4-foot-wide industrial fan at Daw Technologies, 2700 S. 900 West.
Tarsicio Garcia, 29, West Valley City, died instantly in the 11:45 a.m. accident, which literally shredded his body, South Salt Lake Police Capt. Beau Babka said.Garcia would have celebrated his 30th birthday Saturday.
The fan, which is designed for use by the computer-chip manufacturer's "clean rooms," is powered by an approximately 1,400-watt engine and is "extremely strong," Babka said.
The fan, which is supposed to remove all traces of dust from a room, was being tested and balanced at the time of the accident, according to company officials, Babka said.
No one else was in the area when Garcia's body was pulled into the fan. However, one witness said he saw it happen out of the corner of his eye. Officials believe Garcia was walking to or from a garbage bin when the accident happened.
South Salt Lake Police called in psychologists from Valley Mental Health and clergy from different churches to talk with employees after the accident.
"It was pretty traumatic for everyone," Babka said.
Garcia was hired as a temporary laborer at the company July 17.
Garcia leaves behind a family of three children and a pregnant wife, he said.
A fund has been set up by Daw employees, Babka said. Contributions can be made for the Garcia family in care of John White at U.S. Bank, 107 S. Main.