Wednesday around 9:30am near South and Henry Street, a homeowner in Shadeland, IN ran to his backyard after hearing a loud crash. A team of construction workers from Purdy Materials had been busily working outside constructing the man a new in-ground pool. They were pouring concrete into the freshly dug hole when tragedy struck.
The loud crash the man heard was the massive concrete truck falling into the hole. ‘I ran outside and hollered to see if everyone was OK. But by their reactions, I could tell something was wrong,’ the homeowner later said.
And he was right.
Of the three workers pouring the concrete only two had managed to get out of the way when the soil embankment around the pool caved and the truck tipped. A 55-year-old West Lafayette man was left crushed under the incredible weight of the truck.
According to the Tippecanoe County Sheriff’s Department, rescue workers were immediately called to the scene and after 20 minutes they were able to pull the man from the wreckage. He was pronounced dead at the scene.
The homeowner, along with the deceased’s family, has been understandably affected by the tragedy. He stated, ‘I don’t know what to think anymore. We were excited about having a pool, but how can you have fun with the pool and not think about something like this?’
The driver of the cement truck wasn’t injured in the accident but was taken to Franciscan St. Elizabeth Hospital for a drug and alcohol test that is routine in fatal construction accidents.
This incident is the sixth workplace fatality in the Lafayette area in the last 12 months. The Indiana Occupational Safety and Health Administration is investigating the case.
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Source. Lafayette Journal & Courier, “http://www.thestarpress.com/article/20120412/NEWS06/120412003/Worker-killed-when-concrete-truck-flips-sideways,” April 12, 2012.