Worker killed in salt accident a 'true family man'

Posted: January 05, 2014

FALLS TOWNSHIP The man who died Thursday after a pile of road salt collapsed on him in a Bucks County storage facility was a married father of two from Mount Laurel, Burlington County.

Gustav J. Propper, 51, was "an amazing father and a true family man," according to a brief statement released by his family Friday.

"Everything he did was for his family. It's extremely tragic, and we're just beyond words," the statement read.

Propper was operating a front-end loader for International Salt, a Lackawanna County-based company that has a storage facility at the Kinder Morgan Port of Bucks County, on the Delaware River in Falls Township.

He was working around 100-foot piles of salt when one collapsed and engulfed the loader's cab, police said. Bucks County Coroner Joseph Campbell said Propper died from asphyxiation.

Propper's family said he worked for the company in various capacities for about 15 years.

The U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration started its investigation into the accident Thursday, spokeswoman Leni Forston said.

OSHA statistics going back to 1984 do not show any violations at the facility or similar deaths involving salt piles.

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