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Police Investigating Workplace Death of Herndon Man

Fairfax County Police are investigating the death of a Herndon man while he was at work in Chantilly.

Fairfax County Police were called to the scene of a workplace accident in the 4100 block of Lafayette Center Drive in Chantilly on Sunday, May 6 at about 3 p.m.

Police received a report of an accident involving a forklift operator. During the initial investigation, police and detectives determined that Gerardo Santiago Paulette Ruiz, 47, of Herndon, was operating a forklift in a warehouse area.

Police say he attempted to pass through a doorway and the forklift struck an overhead beam, which became dislodged and fell on Ruiz. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

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