Two Workers Killed in Boom Lift Rollover—Oregon

Oregon Case Report: 19OR001
Release Date: June 29, 2023

The following report is the product of our Cooperative State partner and is presented here in its original unedited form from the state. The findings and conclusions in this report are those of the individual Cooperative State partner and do not necessarily reflect the views or policy of the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health.


On August 8th, 2019, two workers were operating a boom supported elevating work platform, also commonly referred to as a boom lift to remove hardware and cables anchored to trees after a music festival. They were working on a sloped hillside, with the boom extended and the counterweight on the downslope side. The boom lift tipped over and rolled down the hill with the two workers in the basket. Others witnessed the incident. Emergency responders pronounced both workers dead at the scene. Blunt-force trauma due to a fall from a moving object was ruled as the cause of death.

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