Tragic Accident at GE

Tragic Accident at GE

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dilligaf

Annandale, MN

#1 Jan 11, 2010
An industrial accident has claimed a life at Erie General Electric.

Paramedics and rescue personnel were called to building six at The Erie General Electric plant for a worker trapped under heavy machinery.

Deputy Erie County Coroner Dennis Suscheck was called to the scene shortly after two this afternoon.

The coroner's office confirms that a man has died there as a result of an accident.

The incident is being investigated by GE and several outside agencies.

General Electric is providing counseling for workers and the family of the deceased.
dilligaf

Annandale, MN

#2 Jan 11, 2010
Erie County Coroner Lyell Cook has identified the GE Transportation employee killed in an industrial accident this afternoon.
The worker was identified as William D. Huff, 46, who lives on East 28th Street in Erie. Cook described Huff as an experienced crane operator for the company.
Huff was pronounced dead at the scene at 2:30 p.m. by Deputy Erie County Coroner Dennis Suscheck, Cook said.
An autopsy is under way, but Cook said Huff's death was caused by "massive blunt-force trauma" suffered in the accident.
Cook said that sometime before 2 p.m., Huff was working on the floor of Building 6, using a hand-held control device to operate a crane as it lifted a multiple-ton locomotive alternator frame.
"He was setting it down, and for whatever reason, it fell over and crushed him," Cook said.
The accident was witnessed by one of Huff's co-workers, Cook said.
Lawrence Park Police Sgt. John Morell said his department and the federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration are investigating.
Morell said both agencies have yet to determine why the locomotive frame fell onto Huff. OSHA has sent a compliance officer to investigate the accident.

Sad time for this GE family, my sympathies go out to them.
derf

Hudson, OH

#3 Jan 11, 2010
yes sad day for them indeed, but why was he under or near to it to fall on him?
GEME

Canton, OH

#4 Jan 11, 2010
derf wrote:
yes sad day for them indeed, but why was he under or near to it to fall on him?
If we're honest, safety is only one aspect competing for our attention at work there or anywhere. Also in Bldg 5 today parts flew out of a machine hitting an employee in the chest and knocking glasses off his face. If he had been hit fully in the face he would have been hurt severely. Chance is something no one can plan for.
Best wishes for the family.
derf

Hudson, OH

#5 Jan 12, 2010
GEME wrote:
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If we're honest, safety is only one aspect competing for our attention at work there or anywhere. Also in Bldg 5 today parts flew out of a machine hitting an employee in the chest and knocking glasses off his face. If he had been hit fully in the face he would have been hurt severely. Chance is something no one can plan for.
Best wishes for the family.
Yes sad day for the family, I was just wondering why this guy was so close to a heavey load. I work at a shop where we have overhead cranes. We NEVER EVER go over anyone and if you are coming close to someone you yell out in advance to let them know. As for the parts flying,,,,, yes it can and will happen some thing that was out of the controlers hands. But still a sad day for the family heart felt feelings go out to the family.
in the no

Erie, PA

#6 Jan 12, 2010
derf wrote:
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Yes sad day for the family, I was just wondering why this guy was so close to a heavey load. I work at a shop where we have overhead cranes. We NEVER EVER go over anyone and if you are coming close to someone you yell out in advance to let them know. As for the parts flying,,,,, yes it can and will happen some thing that was out of the controlers hands. But still a sad day for the family heart felt feelings go out to the family.
If you really meant that your "heart felt feelings go out to the family" you would not have posted that ridiculous post. Now is not the time to start that crap. Why did you not just leave it at sending your sympathy?

God bless the family and keep them strong through this very difficult time. You are in my thoughts and prayers.
TWTL

Cambridge Springs, PA

#7 Jan 12, 2010
derf wrote:
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I was just wondering why this guy was so close to a heavey load. I work at a shop where we have overhead cranes. We NEVER EVER go over anyone and if you are coming close to someone you yell out in advance to let them know.
You're wondering why the crane operator who got killed was "so close" to a heavy load?!?

You're a heartless imbecile!!
anon

United States

#8 Jan 12, 2010
TWTL wrote:
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You're wondering why the crane operator who got killed was "so close" to a heavy load?!?
You're a heartless imbecile!!
He apparently speaks from experience. What's wrong with asking that?
TWTL

Cambridge Springs, PA

#9 Jan 12, 2010
anon wrote:
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He apparently speaks from experience. What's wrong with asking that?
He apparently didn't read the facts of the story or he wouldn't have made such an ignorant statement.
in the no

Erie, PA

#10 Jan 12, 2010
That, and the fact that there is a time and place to ask those questions but in the same post as offering condolences? That is just wrong.
TWTL

Cambridge Springs, PA

#11 Jan 12, 2010
And he asked the same ignorant question twice with the story right in front of him.
Ivan Putski

United States

#12 Jan 12, 2010
The story doesn't answer the question of why he was in a pinch point. Its a legitamite question. TWTL is the ignorant one.
Sonic

Hudson, OH

#13 Jan 12, 2010
The story said he was operating a hand held device on the floor to direct the crane when this accident happened. Company will blame the victim because it screws up their safety report.
Ivan Putski

United States

#14 Jan 12, 2010
You obviously have no experience working with cranes and your ignorance shows. He shouldn't have put himself in that position. You never get under a load or put yourself in a position where it could pinch you. Sorry to say but it is most likely his own fault.
Sonic

Hudson, OH

#15 Jan 12, 2010
Ivan Putski wrote:
You obviously have no experience working with cranes and your ignorance shows. He shouldn't have put himself in that position. You never get under a load or put yourself in a position where it could pinch you. Sorry to say but it is most likely his own fault.
Why don't you call GE and ask them about it? You could call his coworkers and they could probably tell you why he was standing where he was. The story said it fell over onto him so he probably wasn't standing under it.
TWTL

Cambridge Springs, PA

#16 Jan 12, 2010
Ivan Putski wrote:
Sorry to say but it is most likely his own fault.
(there's that pesky little 3-letter word again)

Sorry to say, but....you are profoundly ignorant and it's your own fault.

Since: Dec 09

Jackson Center, PA

#17 Jan 12, 2010
Why was he under the crane? Well, he never thought something like that would ever happen to him.
in the no

Erie, PA

#18 Jan 12, 2010
It NEVER said he was UNDER the crane. It said that the item fell over on him. That would mean that he was beside it not under it. Also, where would you like him to stand to be able to maneuver this item around? In the next building?

No matter what happened it is very sad. What you are doing on here is shameful. Start your own post that discusses what happened.
Heads UP

United States

#19 Jan 12, 2010
Look out!!!!!!!!!!
BeckyKnapp

Hudson, OH

#20 Jan 12, 2010
in the no wrote:
It NEVER said he was UNDER the crane. It said that the item fell over on him. That would mean that he was beside it not under it. Also, where would you like him to stand to be able to maneuver this item around? In the next building?
No matter what happened it is very sad. What you are doing on here is shameful. Start your own post that discusses what happened.
Every word of your post is right on. Some people have to start an argument over everything -- even when there's nothing at all to argue about.

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