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State investigates death at Youngsville plant

Posted August 8, 2011

— The state Department of Labor is investigating a Friday death at a Youngsville glass plant, authorities said Monday.

An electrician with Act Electric in Wake Forest was working on a lift inside Arch Aluminum & Glass when a crane moving a pane of glass collided with the lift, DOL spokesman Neal O'Briant said. The electrician, whose name hasn't been released, fell to the plant floor about 25 feet below and died.

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  • Rolling Along Aug 9, 5:53 p.m.

    @mprice1003...
    Depends; under OSHA 1926 regs for regular construction 6', under OSHA 1910 for general industry 4', those are the thresholds. However there are always exceptions.

  • josborne77 Aug 8, 5:41 p.m.

    Accidents happen yet also there are safety devices that this subject should have been wearing, shoulda, coulda , woulda

  • Fuquay Resident Aug 8, 4:39 p.m.

    That was my impression too mprice.

    Airspace, I never thought of it being called airspace before.

  • mprice1003 Aug 8, 4:18 p.m.

    I WAS THANKING THAT OSHA'S MADE ALL COMPANY'S HAVE WORKERS TIE OFF IF YOU GET UP OVER 7 FEET IS THAT WRONG OR NOT,,OUR PRAYERS GO OUT TO THE FAMILY AND MY GOD BLESS THIS MAN.....

  • Rolling Along Aug 8, 4:05 p.m.

    Scissors lift may or may not require tie off to the lift. An aerial lift with an articulating boom you have to tie off to the anchor point in the basket.

    I work in an industrial environment. We either have to lock out cranes or have some sort of incursion permit to allow a crane and aerial lift to operate in the same air space. In most cases cranes and aerial lifts are not allowed to operate in the same airspace. Sounds like mistakes were made.

  • NCishome Aug 8, 3:51 p.m.

    I agree with a comment already made that it sounds like the crane operator did not know the lift was in the path.

    Thoughts and prayers to the family and all involved.

  • Fuquay Resident Aug 8, 3:26 p.m.

    When I worked at Nortel, we often worked on a Genie Lift. Nortel's policy, and I assumed OSHA's as well, was that we were to wear a harness and the harness was to be hooked to either the Genie lift or the beam. I think the Genie lift was an option, I know we had to hooked to something...it's been over 11 years since I was up there.

  • Thhhbbbppppttt..... Aug 8, 3:24 p.m.

    @ Fuquay Resident: There are indeed rules. But if he was on a scissor lift in lieu of a boom lift, he would not need to be tethered to over head support, or the lift platform. It sounds as though the crane operator was not expecting there to be a lift in the path of his usual operations. Repetition leads to complacency......

  • Bartmeister Aug 8, 3:19 p.m.

    There are rules for working in high places. This guy was supposed to have been teathered to either the lift or a ceiling beam.
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    Not necessarily. If the lift had the proper rails and fall protection against falling out of the work platform, that might have been enough. If on a ladder then maybe a lanyard would have been needed. In any-case, you would NEVER want to be tied to the elevated work surface if there is a danger it could collapse, dragging you with it. Don't know if there were any OSHA violations here, but construction work can be and is dangerous work. This guy being an electrical worker dies of a fall, not electrocution. Bad story for all involved.

  • btneast Aug 8, 3:12 p.m.

    With the state of the economy and short cuts being made by companies, we can expect to see more of this

    Neither of those had anything to do with this. Basic safety was ignored.

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