Name released in Friday work-site fatality accident

Enid Police Department officers (right) investigate the scene of a fatality accident at GEFCO in February. The victim's family has filed a wrongful death lawsuit. (Bonnie Vculek / Enid News & Eagle)

Editor's note: This story has been updated.

ENID, Okla. — An Enid Police Department report released to the News & Eagle Saturday identified the victim of a Friday fatal industrial accident as Eriberto Rivas, 52, of San Antonio, Texas.

Rivas died Friday after being crushed between two pieces of equipment being loaded onto a trailer at GEFCO Inc., 2215 S. Van Buren. The name of the company affiliated with Rivas is EDS Transport, according to an EPD report.

EPD officers Jordan Nichols and Sean Dyer were dispatched to GEFCO at 11:17 a.m. Friday for a report of “a male being smashed between two pieces of equipment,” according to the report.

“Upon our arrival I observed a Hispanic male who was later identified to be Eriberto Rivas lying on the ground unresponsive,” Nichols stated in his report. “Enid Fire arrived on scene at that time where they took control of Eriberto’s medical needs.”

Nichols said in his report he interviewed a GEFCO employee who was loading a street sweeper onto a trailer, where Rivas was standing.

“[The employee] stated that when the machine got on flat ground of the trailer it took off and he didn’t have time to react,” Nichols wrote in his report. “[The employee] stated that the machine pinned Eriberto [Rivas] in between the two machines. [The employee] stated that he put the machine in neutral and it then released Eriberto [Rivas].”

Dyer wrote in his report that upon arrival subjects on the scene advised Rivas did not have a pulse, and Enid Fire Department attended to Rivas at the scene.

Life EMS transported Rivas to Integris Bass Baptist Health Center, where he was pronounced dead.

EPD Sgt. Mike Evans told the News & Eagle Saturday no arrests had been made in the incident, and it is considered an accident. 

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