A Milwaukee man has died after being crushed while operating a remote-controlled crane.
Monday, Oct. 16, Kelvis Price, 42, was using a remote-controlled magnetic crane to lift a massive steel plate overhead, CBS58 News reports. When one of the magnets failed, the steel plate fell on top of Price, crushing him. When emergency responders arrived on scene, they found Price lying on his back with the steel plate covering him from the waist down.
The remote control used to move the crane was worn on a strap hanging off Price’s shoulder. The workers were unable to remove the large piece of metal because the remote was trapped underneath. An additional crane was required to remove the steel plate.
Price was rushed to Froedtert Hospital where he died the next day.
According to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, Price worked for Russel Metals, a company based out of Ontario, for 19 years, and was a member of the Steelworkers, who represent about 45 plant employees, for that same amount of time. Price’s father had also previously worked for the plant.
Russel Metals, according to its website, is one of the largest metals distribution companies in North America.
“It’s a very sad day,” said Ross Winklbauer Sr., the union’s subdistrict director for southern Wisconsin.
The company said in a statement, “We are extremely saddened by this accident and we are focused on assisting the employee’s family, friends, and colleagues during this difficult time.”
The incident is currently being investigated.
Machinery-related accidents are in the top-10 most fatal incidents, according to the federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s (OSHA) labor statistics.