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Barberton woman dies from injuries suffered at PPG Industries

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A 51-year-old Barberton woman died of injuries suffered in an industrial accident Monday evening.

Wendy Breiding, an employee of PPG Industries in Barberton, died about 8:30 p.m. after becoming entangled in a paper rolling machine, the Summit County Medical Examiner’s Office said Tuesday.

The Medical Examiner’s Office, which is investigating the incident along with Barberton police, has ruled Breiding’s death was accidental.

An autopsy was done Tuesday.

The Breiding family declined to comment when contacted Tuesday.

The Pittsburgh-based company issued the following statement: “First and foremost, PPG’s thoughts and prayers are with the employee and family. We are cooperating fully with local authorities, as well as conducting an internal review of the incident. Since the investigation is ongoing, we have no additional information at this time.”

Company spokesman Bryan Iams declined to comment on Breiding or say how long she had worked at the company.

PPG has about 150 employees at its Barberton site, where it manufactures optical products and silicas, which are used in the tire, food, footwear, printing and other industries.

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration said Tuesday an investigation has been launched. No details will be released until that inquiry is completed, a spokesman said.


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