A 25-year-old man was killed Friday, Sept. 27, in an industrial accident in Indiana’s Far Eastside.
According to the Indianapolis Star, the man was operating a crane around 11 a.m. when it tipped over.
The crane was moving a 5,000-lb. generator to a facility in the 8900 block of Rawles Avenue at the time.
People on the scene reported that the man was operating the crane from outside the cab. It seems that it was believed the generator was light enough such that outrigging that stabilized the crane was not needed, but tragically enough, that was not the case.
The man did have a commercial driver’s license and he had worked for the construction company for about a year.
The accident remains under investigation. We are curious to see what results emerge. Of particular interest to us is the missing outrigging equipment. Why wasn’t it being used? Was the man improperly trained on safety equipment? Was the equipment not made available to him, or did he simply choose not to use it? We also wonder why the man was allowed to operate the controls outside the cab. That certainly seems like something a company would discourage if it wanted to run a safe work environment.
As Indianapolis wrongful death lawyers, we often work with family members who have lost loved ones in accidents like these. If you are interested in getting in touch with an Indiana attorney who practices in this field, you are welcome to contact us at any time. We would be happy to walk through your potential options with you.