A 60 year-old mechanic was killed while working on a forklift Monday evening at an Orange County distribution center.

Michael Louis Dahse, 60, of Livingston, was killed instantly when the forks on the forklift fell striking his head while he was working under them at the Arlanxeo Performance Elastomers Orange Distribution Center warehouse according to Orange County Precinct Two Justice of the Peace Derry Dunn.

Dahse was performing maintenance or repairing the forklift alone at the time of the accident and was found by another worker Dunn said.

Dahse was not an Arlanxeo employee and was employed by Briggs Equipment.

The company released the following statement...

"Our Briggs Equipment team is deeply saddened by the loss of our team member. Our thoughts are with his family and friends during this difficult time.
An investigation into the cause of the accident is on-going at this time."

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration is investigating the accident according to Christine Anderson, director of corporate communications at Briggs Equipment.

The Orange County Sheriff's Office received a call at about 5:50 p.m. Monday about the accident at the warehouse on Foreman Road in Orange according to Janois Straus of the sheriff's office.

Arlanxeo Performance Elastomers is a joint venture of LANXESS and Saudi Aramco according to the Arlanxeo website.

EDITORS NOTE: A previous version of this story incorrectly reported that Dahse worked for Bridges Equipment. 12News regrets the error.