Kenny Ray Jr.

Firefighter Ray was on-duty and conducting fire equipment checks in an elevator control motor room at the Faircrest Steel Plant. The air in the room had been displaced with nitrogen gas. Firefighter Ray was overcome and was later found deceased. OSHA fined TimkenSteel for several violations including a failure to adequately train workers using pneumatic tools powered by nitrogen on safety related to the use of these tools. Firefighter Ray died of asphyxiation.

Incident Location: 4511 Faircrest AVE, SW, Canton, OH 44706 (U.S. National Grid: 17T MF 6297 1143)

Department Information

TimkenSteel Fire and Security
1837 Dueber AVE SW
U.S. National Grid: 17T MF 6666 1430
Canton, Ohio 44706

Chief: Lance Kimmell

Kenny Ray Jr. was honored on the National Fallen Firefighters Memorial in Emmitsburg, Maryland and was included in the USFA’s annual report Firefighter Fatalities in the United States.
Age: 32 
Rank: Fire Technician/Industrial Firefighter 
Classification: Industrial 
Incident date: Mar 20, 2016 15:55
Date of death: Mar 20, 2016 
Cause of death: Exposure 
Nature of death: Asphyxiation 
Activity type: Other 
Emergency duty: No
Duty type: Other On-Duty 
Fixed property use: Manufacturing