Friends remember Scott Fink; state investigating accident at HBD Thermoid

SALISBURY, NC (WBTV) - An industrial accident at a Salisbury company has claimed the life of a well known local man who leaves behind a wife and two young children.  Now state investigators want to know what happened, as family and friends mourn the loss.

"He loved God, I know that for a fact," said friend Ross Whaley.  They went to church together at Highest Praise in China Grove.  Like many in this community he is deeply saddened at the loss.

"He loves his family, loves his wife, loves his children, he's crazy about those kids, and he loved God and he loved his church," Whaley added.

The accident happened on Tuesday at HBD Thermoid in Salisbury.  Investigators say Fink became caught by a commercial roller press.

He was taken to a local hospital, then transferred to Wake Forest Baptist where he died around 5 pm.

The state Department of Labor is already investigating.  They are taking pictures, doing interviews, seeing if health and safety standards were being followed, and just trying to determine what happened.

Family and friends are struggling with that question now also as they remember a man described as quiet and loving.

"It's our job to pray for that family, pray for those children, we need to carry on because we know where Scott's at."

The Department of Labor's preliminary findings are simply that Fink did get caught in a piece of equipment  A spokesperson said  the full investigation will take 3-4 months.  In a check of state records, WBTV did not find any prior violations from the state regarding HBD Thermoid.

Leaders at Scott's church have already decided to donate proceeds from an annual golf tournament to Scott's wife and children.