Man working on BWI terminal dies in accident

1-ton pallet of large panes tipped, crushing glass installer

Anne Arundel

September 22, 2004|By Sarah Schaffer | Sarah Schaffer,SUN STAFF

A construction worker was killed yesterday morning while working on a new terminal at Baltimore-Washington International Airport, an airport spokeswoman said yesterday.

The man, identified by authorities as a glass installer with Minneapolis-based company Harmon Inc., was working on the airport's A/B terminal project when a 1-ton pallet of glass plates tipped over and crushed him, said airport spokeswoman Tracy Newman.

The glass plates, about 6 feet by 6 feet, are being installed along the building's exterior. It was unclear whether the glass plates were on the ground or a device when they fell on the man.

Newman said she had no additional information on the accident, which occurred about 10 a.m.

The man was flown to Maryland Shock Trauma Center, where he was pronounced dead, Newman said.

Newman said the victim was in his mid-40s but declined to identify him, saying she wasn't sure his family had been notified.

A Harmon spokeswoman declined to comment yesterday evening.

Shortly after the accident, the construction site was shut down and airport police were stationed to guard the scene, which was surrounded yesterday afternoon with red and yellow emergency tape.

The Maryland Occupational Safety and Health agency is investigating the incident, Newman said. Airport officials are scheduled to meet with subcontractors this week as part of their investigation.

The accident occurred in front of a 350,000-square-foot terminal that's under construction and is due to be completed next year. The building, on the airport loop road just before the main terminal, will house the operations of Southwest Airlines.

The new terminal is part of a $1.8 billion expansion of the airport.

Harmon Inc. specializes in the design, engineering and installation of building exteriors around the country. For the BWI terminal project, Harmon was subcontracted to install the glass facade.

Newman said the company had a good safety record and described the accident as "extremely unusual."

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