Deputies say when a machine turned on at Mersen in Henrietta, shrapnel from a forgotten block hit and killed 49-year-old Daniel A. Mayer of Fairport. Friends of Mayer, who was well-known in the local music industry are auctioning off a guitar in his memory to help his family. OSHA is investigating the accident.
Deputies say a worker was killed last week after a block was left in a machine at the Mersen Corporation in Henrietta.
The Monroe County Sheriff's Office says the block was placed in the 200 ton press to keep it from running while maintenance was performed.
But, the block was not removed when the machine turned on and deputies say shrapnel from the block hit and killed 49-year-old Daniel A. Mayer of Fairport.
OSHA is investigating the incident, but say Mersen has not been cited for any issues in the last five years.
Friends of Mayer are working to raise money to help out his family following his death.
Mayer was well-known in the local music scene. His friend, Elvio Fernandes, is in the band with Daughtry. The two signed a guitar and are auctioning it off on Facebook.
Fernandes described Mayer as a genuine, humble and a versatile musician.
"Just one of those people who is very supportive, a great ambassador for local music, and he was just real," says Elvio Fernandes. "Not to mention he was a fantastic singer."
The bidding on the guitar has reached $5,000.