Plant Manager Crushed to Death Under Fallen Pile of Steel Beams - New Jersey
New Jersey Case Report: 14NJ008
Release Date: February 5, 2016
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A 65-year-old male plant manager was killed after a pile of steel beams fell over and crushed him. The incident occurred in the yard of a steel beam processing and distribution warehouse facility in northern NJ. On the day of the incident, the victim was walking between an unsecured, stacked pile of steel beams and a flatbed trailer that was being loaded. As the victim walked between the pile and the trailer, the pile of beams toppled over, pinning him underneath. The victim suffered blunt impact injuries of the head and neck, and was pronounced dead on the scene by paramedics approximately twenty minutes later.