Maintenance Technician is Struck by Crane, Falls 10 Feet to Conveyor and Dies, Kentucky
Kentucky Case Report: 15KY011
Release Date: February 15, 2016
On Monday, January 26, 2015 a maintenance technician was working from an elevated platform and leaned through a railing on the west side of the upright I-beam to clear a jam and to change a micro switch while the overhead crane system was active. The victim’s back was towards the crane system as he worked. While the victim attempted to change the micro switch, the crane struck the victim’s right hand resting on top of the I- beam, causing him to fall 10 ft and land on the conveyor system below.
A maintenance technician on the floor saw the victim fall, and alerted in-house medically trained employees. The first response team assessed the victim while a call was placed for an ambulance at 8:54 pm. The ambulance arrived at 9:04 pm and transported the victim to the local hospital. The victim died in transit from multiple blunt force injuries and mechanical asphyxia sustained in a fall from height. Time of death was 9:41pm.