Noblesville man killed in foundry accident was expectant father

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NOBLESVILLE, Ind. - We're learning more information about a deadly accident at a Hamilton County foundry on Thursday.

Staff members at ID Castings told FOX59 on Friday that employees worked a short day there, after being sent home Thursday. That's when 21-year-old Anthony Brock was killed on the job during what investigators call a workplace accident. It has since officially been ruled an accident by the Hamilton County Coroner's Office.

Brock would've been a first-time father in January.

"As soon as I found out yesterday, I was shaking," said Kelsi Shaw.

Word of Anthony Brock's death troubled Kelsi Shaw, but it broke her heart even more because she knew a little girl was waiting to meet her father.

"It's hard to look at, a baby not even being born, losing its dad," said Shaw, "When it comes to losing the person you wanted the most to raise your child, he can't be there now."

Kelsi's lifelong friend, 21-year-old Nikkie Turner, is Anthony Brock's fiancée.

Shaw said the two were crazy in love and excited about becoming parents.

"They're that typical country couple," said Shaw.

The excitement turned to anguish on Thursday morning, around nine at ID Castings, a foundry in Noblesville.

According to a news release, Brock was about to fix a water leak inside the ID Castings plant and was operating an aerial work platform. He became trapped between the railing of the aerial platform and a steel catwalk, approximately 11 feet above ground.

The coroner's office said the cause of death was asphyxia due to mechanical compression,

Brock sustained significant injuries.

"They just said it was bad," said Shaw.

The Indiana Occupational Safety and Health Administration is looking into safety at ID Castings. The investigation, according to a spokesperson, could take months.

But for Kelsi Shaw, the concern and the love all goes to her friend Nikkie.

Shaw's behind an online fundraiser, and she wants her childhood friend to know, she is here to help.

"I'll always have her back. I'll always be there for her," she said.

Brock's aunt Evelyn Harris told FOX59 he was a "wonderful kid" who worked very hard.

Services are planned for next week at Randall & Roberts Funeral Home on Logan Street in Noblesville. Visitation will be held from 4 p.m. until 8 p.m. on Monday, November 24th at the funeral home. The funeral is planned for Tuesday at 11 a.m. at the funeral home.

The family requests contributions to Anthony's unborn daughter, Callie Rae, at this online page.

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