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Authorities say an Owensboro man died from a fall at the Waupaca Foundry in Tell City on Saturday night.

The Perry County Coroner confirms that the man killed was 45-year-old Bobby Felty of Owensboro.

Indiana State Police say investigation shows that Felty was working inside the foundry when the decking he was standing on gave way. They say Felty fell approximately 55 feet and landed on a concrete floor. 

ISP says first responders working at the foundry responded immediately and Perry County EMS was dispatched, however, Felty was pronounced dead at the scene. 

Police say Felty wasn't wearing any kind of safety device that might have prevented his fall.

Now, the investigation into who is responsible for Felty's death is about to get underway.

"My cousin, Frankie, worked there," said Eric Gill. 

Gill says his cousin, Frankie Jordan, worked at Waupaca and that he, too, was killed doing maintenance work on a crane lift in 2009.

"He was doing maintenance work and it crushed him where he couldn't breathe," Gill said.

With multiple deaths at Waupaca in the past ten years, some believe the foundry's safety protocol should be re-examined.

"They've got safety issues. I mean any person will tell you, if you don't put safety first, you're going to have what you have at Waupaca. You're just going to have it," Gill said.

Right now, police aren't prepared to comment on who was responsible for Felty's death, or whether any laws were broken in the process.

Felty was an onsite contractor working for Stewart Industrial of Owensboro, KY. 

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