Dump truck operator killed in construction site accident

May 03, 1996|By Ed Heard | Ed Heard,SUN STAFF

A dump truck operator was killed at a Columbia construction site yesterday when part of the truck's rear loader crushed him as he was fixing a pipe on top of the cab, Howard County police said.

The name of the victim, an employee of Ingram Excavation Inc. in Baltimore, was not released until police could notify his family, said Sgt. Dave Richards, a police spokesman.

About 2 p.m. yesterday, police said, the victim was dumping a load from a green Mack truck at the construction site of Snowden Ridge, a townhouse community under construction by Westbrook Homes near the Gateway business development in Columbia's Owen Brown village.

When an exhaust pipe got stuck under the truck's loader, he got out of the truck, climbed on top of its cab and began moving the pipe, police said.

But before he was finished, the body of the dump truck lowered. The overhanging part of the mechanical loader knocked the man down and pinned him against the top of the cab, police said.

No one was near to help the victim at the time, police said.

Rescuers arrived and pronounced the victim dead at the scene. Police and investigators from Maryland Occupational Safety and Health said there appeared to be no violation of safety standards, said Sergeant Richards.

Pub Date: 5/03/96

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