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Worker Dies in Boom Lift Accident


By Greg Zimmerman Facilities Management
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Photo credit: NBC Chicago

A mobile elevating work platform (MEWP) accident early Sunday morning at a suburban Chicago office building left one worker dead and one hospitalized. 

According to NBC Chicago, the two workers were working on an office building, when the rear wheels of their boom lift broke through the cement of a parking garage on which the lift was parked. Both men fell from the work platform, and both were transported to a nearby hospital. A 60-year-old worker died from his injuries and a 43-year-old worker is in intensive care.

Local officials have deemed the building has been deemed unsafe and OSHA is investigating the accident. 

This post was submitted by Greg Zimmerman, deputy editor, Facility Market. 

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