A crane collapse has taken place in Perry, Ohio which sadly claimed the lives of 2 construction workers recently. Cranes and their parts are massive and can be extremely dangerous, especially for employees working directly with the crane as well as those working in the vicinity of it’s operations. The 2 workers involved in this incident were engaging in work at a steel mill when a part of the crane collapsed onto them.
An article on www.craneaccidents.com explained what happened:
The Stark County coroner’s office identified the men as Brian Black and Mark Tovissi and said both worked for Canton-based Beaver Excavating Co.
Ages and addresses of the two were not immediately available. The families of the two men have been notified, said Harry Campbell of the coroner’s office.
The deaths happened at 12:50 p.m., he said.
What caused the piece of crane to fall has not been determined, Campbell said.
The post goes on to explain that the cause of the accident has not been identified but with federal and state investigators being called in it is likely that a cause would be established soon.
The 2 workers were part of the construction crew working at a new site being built as part of a $260 million upgrade. The fact that the crane was being operated by another worker at the time is a reminder of how dangerous work on a construction site can be, especially considering that most accidents and fatalities occur at the hands of another worker.
During this incident the 2 deceased workers were on the ground preparing a load to be lifted when the accident occurred and the large, heavy boom of the crane became detached and fell on them. These 2 workers suffered what was described as “massive traumatic injuries” which lead to their instantaneous death at the scene of the accident.
The post on CraneAccidents.com went on to publish the statement released by the employer:
“At approximately 12:45 p.m., a crane accident at a construction site at The Timken Co.’s Faircrest Steel Plant, in Perry Township, Canton, OH, resulted in the fatalities of two Beaver Excavating workers. On-site responders immediately contacted emergency and Perry Township police, who arrived at the scene shortly thereafter. OSHA officials also were notified. Construction operations were immediately suspended until further notice.
Being struck by falling objects and crane mishaps are 2 of the most common forms of accidents on construction sites and both types of hazards often result in fatalities.
While construction accidents cannot be totally eliminated, many of the fatalities we witness are avoidable and can be eliminated with attention to WHS and ensuring that workers do not take short cuts when it comes to safety.
One of the most important factors of construction safety is training. Workers should receive both general construction safety training as well as site specific training before commencing with work on a construction site. But having this training isn’t enough to avoid accidents, workers need to apply the knowledge gained during training to their work on the construction site each day. Employers can ensure this is being done by supervising workers and monitoring safety at each step of the construction process.