LEROY, Minn. | A man who worked for SEMA Equipment Inc. died after falling from a raised platform at the Minnesota business Monday morning.

According to Mower County Sheriff Terese Amazi, Gary James Retterath, 47, of Stacyville, was repairing a combine when the accident occurred about 11:30 a.m. Monday.

Retterath was standing on the platform trying to remove an auger from the combine. The auger snapped, causing him to lose his footing and fall onto a cement floor with a metal grate.

An ambulance from LeRoy Emergency Services was called to the scene. CPR administered to Retterath proved unsuccessful and a doctor pronounced him dead at the scene.

OSHA will be investigating the accident.

— Austin (Minn.) Daily Herald

Mike Stoll is a reporter for the Austin Daily Herald. Reach him at mike.stoll@austindailyherald.com

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