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Winnebago Employee Dies in Forklift Incident

Mon Apr 10, 2017

149184117888435.jpgA Winnebago Industries employee died on Thursday morning in a forklift incident at the Winnebago Towables facility in Middlebury, Indiana.

Rick Schlabach, 54, was involved in the incident at about 6:30 a.m. April 6.

"We are deeply saddened to confirm an incident took place the morning of April 6 on the campus of our Winnebago Towables facility in Middlebury, Indiana," Winnebago said in a statement to WNDU. "The incident resulted in the death of a Winnebago employee. We express heartfelt condolences to everyone impacted by the unfortunate incident. Our primary focus is to support our team members during this difficult time and we are engaging grief counseling resources for our employees. We are also working with appropirate authorities related to this matter."

Doug Smith, Schlabach's son-in-law, said he was notified at about 11 a.m. on the morning of the incident. Smith said that a coworker ran Schlabach over with a forklift, resulting in his death, according to a story by WNDU.

Schlabach was born May 18, 1962 in LaGrange, Indiana and was a paint repairman for motorhomes. He was a lifetime farmer and loved working with cows, according to an obituary by Frurip-May Funeral Home.

He is survived by his daughters Stephanie Smith (Doug) of Sturgis, Michigan and Natalie Lilly (Kevin) of Bronso, Michigan. He also is survived by seven grandchildren (Hailee, Deion, Alexus, Samantha, Joshua, Dylan and Makayla.) A sister, Debra Schlabach and his niece Kelsey are also surviving family.

According to his wishes, cremation has taken place. A memorial gathering will take place at his home in Howe, Indiana on Saturday, April 22 at 1 p.m.

Middlebury Police are continuing to investigate the incident. The co-worker who Smith alleged ran over Schlabach has not been identified yet.

This is a developing story. Check back at www.rvnews.com for further information.

Additional Information: http://www.wndu.com/content/news/Family-speaks-out-about-Winnebago-workplace-death-418710063.html