Pennsylvania residents were shaken recently after witnessing the death
of a young man on a construction site. The 20-year-old was killed in ajob-related accident when a large piece of equipment fell on top of him. Initial police reports
state that the man was dead at the scene when emergency crews arrived.
Police say he likely died instantly.
The man was carrying three identification cards at the time, thus making
identification confusing for investigators on the scene. The coroner's
office has since identified the man as a New Jersey resident who was originally
from Ecuador. He was working as a roofing subcontractor. The Pennsylvania
project required both subcontracted and local work to convert a former
weaving mill into a large apartment complex.
According to police reports, the victim was operating a machine known as
a Pettibone lift, and was reportedly in the cockpit when he noticed the
equipment became unstable. The equipment apparently began to sway, and
the man got out of the cockpit and tried to escape. As he fled, the machine
tumbled in the same direction and fell directly on top of him. The deputy
coroner pronounced the young man dead at the scene, stating that a serious
head wound was the primary injury.
Pennsylvania police and OSHA investigators are trying to determine why
the machine was swaying, and the investigation remains open. Many workers
on-site witnessed the tragedy and were visibly traumatized by the incident.
Source: yorkdispatch.com, "Coroner's office identifies man killed at West York construction site," Nov. 11, 2011