A manufacturing plant worker was pinned by a heavy steel coil. He died at the scene.
This was an accident that no one anticipated happening, and could not have predicted, unless plant workers knew something about how the overhead crane was maintained mechanically, or that the steel coils in the warehouse were not stacked properly.
The day started out as usual for Richard Licina, off to work, getting ready for a full day of moving steel coils and then calling it a day. Richard never made it home. One morning in late February, 2013, he was working a 15-ton overhead crane with the goal of moving a large steel coil to another location. The coil he wanted to move weighed 10,000 pounds. While he was lifting the first coil, a second one, weighing 5,000 pounds, slid out of position on the stack, slamming into the worker. The force of the impact crushed him up against another stack of coils.
When emergency response crews arrived on the site, they pronounced Richard dead. He died of massive chest injuries. While the initial reports of this incident state the death was an accident, the police and U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration would each conduct an investigation of their own. They would want to know why the second coil shifted out of place and about the maintenance of the crane. They would also want to know if the crane operator was operating his machine while under the influence of a drug or other substance. All possible scenarios would need to be ruled out.
This is a wrongful death, and the man’s family may wish to seek experienced legal counsel to discover if they have a case to take to court. Knowing why the second coil shifted, perhaps due to carelessness on the part of the person who stacked them in the first place, would determine if negligence played a role in Richard’s death. In the meantime, his family would have to cope emotionally and financially with his sudden loss.
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