Coroner: Boeing employee who fell from rig dies of injuries

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NORTH CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCIV) -- Officials with the coroner's office have confirmed that the Boeing employee who fell from a mobile platform on March 18 has died.

Brittany Martin with the Charleston County Coroner's Office identified the employee as 38-year-old David Priester.{} She said Priester died as a result of his injuries, including a traumatic brain injury.

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Boeing officials released the following statement.

A Boeing South Carolina teammate was injured during an industrial accident in the Composite Fabrication area of the Aft Body building on Monday, March 18, and died on March 29. This is obviously a very difficult and tragic incident, and we are deeply saddened at the loss of our teammate.

Our heartfelt condolences go out to his family and many friends. Boeing has been working with the family to provide support and assistance since the accident occurred. Out of respect for the family's wishes, Boeing has chosen not to release the teammate's name publicly.

Boeing is providing counselors and the support of our Employee Assistance Program to help co-workers cope with the loss, while also meeting with teammates to discuss the accident and further emphasize workplace safety.

The safety and well being of our teammates is a top priority at Boeing. In keeping with our comprehensive safety plan and internal processes, we are conducting an investigation to determine the cause of the incident and will take immediate action on any corrective actions that are required.

The teammate started in training at Boeing South Carolina in the summer of 2012 and had undergone several months of the required training cycle.