A man who had worked at a Shady Grove plant for 25 years died after being pinned between two cranes. The workplace accident got the attention of the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, which is now conducting an investigation into the cause of the accident.
The victim was a 59-year-old man who was in a parking lot west of the cylinder building at the time of the accident. According to Pennsylvania State Police, the worker was standing between two cranes, one of which was being moved by another employee at about 2:30 p.m. on Aug. 29. The other crane was parked at the time. However, the moving crane turned to the right too sharply, causing the man to be trapped between the two cranes. Although EMS responded to the accident scene and performed CPR, the man was pronounced dead.
The accident is being investigated by the Pennsylvania State Police and OSHA. The agency began its investigation the same day that the accident occurred and has six months to release its findings. More information is not available as it is an open investigation. However, the Shady Grove plant had another fatal workplace accident occur in 2010. It was fined by OSHA when a worker on a crane deck passed out, fell six feet and landed on a concrete floor. He survived for a few days but then died in the hospital.
Pennsylvania workplace accident lawyers may be able to assist injured workers and their families. They may be able to file a workers' compensation claim against the employer to recover medical expenses and lost wages.
Source: Public Opinion Online, "Man killed in industrial accident at Manitowoc Cranes", Marcus Rauhut, August 30, 2013