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Castaic man crushed to death by 5,000 pounds of granite

January 6, 2010 | 11:39 am

A man who was crushed to death by at least 5,000 pounds of granite slabs he was unloading from a truck trailer was identified today as Jacob Israel Margalit, 44, of Castaic.

Margalit was killed Monday night in the 29000 block of Avenue Sherman in Valencia in what Sgt. Bill Marsh of the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department homicide bureau said was a “tragic work accident.”

Margalit, the owner of Golden West Tile and Stone, and several employees were trying to unload the 12-by-8-foot slabs of stone tile from a trailer when the material fell on him, Marsh said.

"In the process of setting up removal, the weight shifted and the slabs came loose and fell against [Margalit] and pinned him against the side wall of the trailer," Marsh said.

The slabs can weigh from 800 to 1,000 pounds each. Margalit was pronounced dead shortly after the accident, and a rescue team removed the slabs with a crane.

Officials from the Los Angeles County coroner's office and the California Division of Occupational Safety and Health are investigating the death, Marsh said.

-- Gerrick D. Kennedy

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