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67-year-old factory worker dies after falling into tank of paint one month before he was due to retire

By Mason White 11:18 AM December 16, 2016
Joseph R. Ward 

By: Mahesh Sarin
A man, who loved his job, died just one month before he was set to retire.

The 67-year-old factory worker has died after falling into a tank of paint in Indiana.

Joseph R. Ward of Newburgh, was declared dead at the Red Spot Paint and Varnish in Evansville on Wednesday.

Coworkers called emergency services to the facility at 12:00 p.m., after Ward fell into the tank of paint.

A hazmat team also responded to the business in an effort to help save the man by using rope in their rescue mission.

However, their attempts to save Ward were unsuccessful. The Red Spot Paint and Varnish shop closed for the day and they allowed all of their workers to go home while mourning the sudden and shocking loss of their longtime coworker.

The factory, which manufactures coatings for the automotive industry, also offered grief counseling to workers.

Coworkers said that Ward was an outstanding worker, who worked at the company for more than 40 years, and he was set to retire next month.