Wood from machine strikes worker in the chest, killing Weld County man

Posted at 4:25 PM, Oct 17, 2018
and last updated 2018-10-17 19:23:12-04

JOHNSTOWN, Colo. — An industrial accident at Sun Mountain Custom Doors in Johnstown has claimed the life of a 54-year-old Milliken man, according to a release from the Weld County Coroner.

According to reports, Steven Verle Deniston was a struck in the chest by a piece of wood thrown from a machine at the Johnstown facility Tuesday afternoon. He was pronounced dead at a local hospital.

The incident remains under investigation by local authorities and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration. The final manner and cause of death await autopsy and laboratory reports.  

The company, founded in 1998, manufactures doors and wood plank flooring at its 105,000 square-foot facility located off Interstate 25 and County Road 48 in Johnstown.