An industrial accident at the Norandal Plant in Newport, has claimed the life of 56-year-old Larry R. Ball of Floral.

According to Sheriff David Lucas, the Sheriff's Department were notified of the accident around 12:40 p.m. Tuesday, March 11. 

Upon arrival, police say Ball had been transported to Harris Hospital and eventually air lifted to UAMS where he later died. 

Lucas says the injuries were from an aluminum rolling mill cradle that opened suddenly and pinned Ball against the associated machinery. 

"Our thoughts and prayers are with the family at this time," said a spokesperson for Norandal. "We are currently investigating to understand the cause of this incident." 

The company says Ball had been employed at Norandal for 30 years and was a mill-helper. 

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has been on site and the company says it will fully cooperate.