A 38-year-old an employee of the Irving Forest Products sawmill was killed in an accident Saturday morning.

Christoper Pineau of Fayette was performing maintenance on a log-yard crane when he was killed about 8:55 a.m., spokeswoman Mary Keith said. Pineau had been working for the company since 2013.

“We are devastated by this tragic loss of our friend and co-worker,” Jerome Pelletier, vice president of sawmills for Irving Forest Products in Maine, said in a statement. “Our thoughts and prayers go out to his family.”

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration was on the site investigating, the company said. Dixfield police also are investigating the accident.

The company said it is cooperating fully with the investigation and is also conducting its own investigation.

The Dixfield Sawmill is the largest producer of Eastern White Pine boards for interior and exterior finish applications, according to the company website.

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