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Separate industrial accidents claim two lives, injure a third

Date Posted: 2005-08-17

Two men were killed in Uruma City, and another seriously injured at Camp Courtney, in diverse workplace accidents.

A morning incident Friday at a material warehouse killed the first, as two men were shifting lumber from inside the warehouse to an outside staging area. A forklift being used to maneuver the lumber slipped, toppling onto a worker standing several feet away.

Doctors ruled the man dead on arrival at a nearby hospital, saying he wash crushed and his heart had stopped beating and probably died instantly.

A second accident took place at a scrap metal collection center, where a man had been crushed by a car. Police investigators say the worker was manipulating a giant crane to lift a scrapped car when he spotted some debris beneath the car. They say the crane operator left the car suspended in the air while he climbed down, then under the car hovering overhead. The crane cable apparently slipped, dropping the junked vehicle onto the man.

He was rushed to a hospital, but was pronounced dead on arrival. Officials say the crane operator had suffered massive chest injuries.

A worker at a road construction site at Camp Courtney narrowly escaped death in yet another incident. The man was buried under a massive iron sheet which broke loose from its guides as it was being maneuvered by a crane. Officials say the nearly 2 by 3 meter piece of iron, which weighed nearly 161.6 tons struck the workerís chest and remained on top of him. After being rescued, he was taken to a hospital by ambulance.

Doctors say the manís injuries are not life threatening, and that he is responding to treatment.

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