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Man dies in industrial accident on forklift at nursery, police say

A Mastic Beach man died in an industrial accident Tuesday evening after he hit his head and fell off a forklift in Center Moriches, Suffolk police said.

Police said Santos Ortiz, 37, was operating the forklift at Kurt Weiss Greenhouses, located at 95 Montauk Hwy., when he lost control of the forklift, hit his head on a metal post and fell to the ground about 6:10 p.m.

Ortiz was taken to Brookhaven Memorial Hospital Medical Center in East Patchogue, where he was pronounced dead, police said. Police are investigating.

An autopsy will be conducted by the Suffolk County Medical Examiner to determine the cause of death, police said. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration has been notified.

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