BG&E worker killed in fall

March 01, 1992

A plunge from a scaffold claimed the life of a Baltimore Gas and Electric Co. worker yesterday morning at the Wagner generating complex in northern Anne Arundel County, the utility and police reported.

Michael Andrew Bayer fell at least 30 feet from the scaffold, where he was removing piping from the fly ash deck of a coal-fired generator during an overtime assignment at the power plant along the Patapsco River off Fort Smallwood Road, officials said.

Peggy D. Mulloy, a BG&E spokeswoman, said Mr. Bayer was using a chain-and-pulley device to remove piping and apparently fell when he leaned over a railing to reach a chain.

Police said Mr. Bayer was in cardiac arrest when paramedics arrived and was pronounced dead at 12:05 p.m. at North Arundel Hospital.

"There was no failure of the scaffolding and rigging. It was all intact," said Ms. Mulloy. "It doesn't appear there was any safety issue involved."

The accident, which occurred shortly before 11 a.m., was being investigated by the company and officials from the Maryland Occupational Safety and Health agency, Ms. Mulloy added.

Mr. Bayer, a company employee since 1983, lived in the 5500 block of Daybreak Terrace in Rosedale.

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