BELTON — A 19-year-old man was killed Tuesday morning when asphalt fell on top of him at the Tarco Inc. plant in Belton, city spokesman Paul Romer said.

The man, Cristian Hefner, was a contract worker from outside of the area hired by another company to clean out the tank in the 2400 block of Taylors Valley Road. Hefner was inside the tank when he died, Romer said.

He was pronounced dead at the scene by Justice of the Peace Ted Duffield. Hefner’s body was sent for an autopsy to the Southwestern Institute for Forensic Sciences in Dallas.

Romer said the death, termed an industrial accident, is under investigation by the Belton Police Department.

Occupational Safety & Health Administration spokesman Juan Rodriguez said OSHA initiated an investigation into the incident and has up to six months to decide if a violation occurred.

Also responding to Tarco were the Belton Fire Department and Temple Fire & Rescue.

Tarco produces residential and commercial roofing products. Its corporate office is in Little Rock, Ark.

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