RAVENSWOOD, W.Va. -- A Constellium worker was pronounced dead early Friday morning after one of his co-workers found him lying unresponsive in the plant's production area.
Officials at the Ravenswood plant have launched an investigation to determine the cause of the man's death.
Jesse McClure, 62, of Racine, Ohio, was taken to the Jackson General Hospital emergency room at about 2:45 a.m. Friday after one of his co-workers found him lying unresponsive on the plant floor, company spokeswoman Laura Prisc said.
McClure was pronounced dead after arriving at the hospital, she said.
Prisc said the cause of McClure's death -- whether it was natural causes or some type of injury -- was not immediately apparent.
She said the company began a full investigation this morning. McClure's body will be sent to the state Medical Examiner's Office for an autopsy.
"We don't know what the cause was so we're expecting full investigation," she said.
McClure celebrated his 40th anniversary as an employee with the plant in April. He was working as an equipment operator in the plant's plate department, where aluminum is heat-treated and stretched, at the time of his death.
Prisc said McClure's death has shocked and saddened everyone at the plant, which employs roughly 1,000 people.
"It's a very, very sad day," she said."We've met with Mr. McClure's family to make sure their needs are met and we're providing grief counselors for our co-workers," she said. "Our thoughts and prayers go out to Mr. McClure's family. Again, it's just a very sad day."