A 54-year-old man died Thursday in an industrial accident at his East Moline workplace, Rock Island County Coroner Brian Gustafson said.

The case is being investigated by East Moline police, the federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration and the Rock Island County Coroner’s Office, Gustafson said.

David A. “Smokie” Walters of Moline was killed Thursday when he became trapped under a large object he had been sandblasting at his workplace, Midwest Underground, located at 3150 5th Ave.

The incident occurred shortly after 1 p.m., Gustafson said. An autopsy determined the cause of death to be traumatic asphyxiation, he added.

“It was a big enough object that had to be lifted off of him with a forklift,” Gustafson said.

Midwest Underground declined to comment Friday.

Van Hoe Funeral Home Ltd., East Moline, is in charge of arrangements.

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