Heavy machinery falls, kills man in industrial accident

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INDIANAPOLIS – A man died in an industrial accident Friday morning on the east side, investigators say, after a crane fell and crushed him.

Indianapolis Metropolitan police said It happened around 11 a.m. at BMac Wireless in the 8900 block of Rawles Avenue. The company builds cell phone towers.

According to investigators, the 25-year-old victim was operating a crane from outside the cab. He attempted to lift a 5,000-pound generator, but the load was too much for the crane to handle. The operator tried to compensate, and raised the road instead of lowering it. After that, the crane fell and crushed the man.

Witnesses said other workers told the man to utilize outriggers to help stabilize the truck, but the worker didn’t do it. He underestimated the weight of the generator. Investigators said he tried to run away as the crane started to topple but couldn’t get away.

The man was licensed to operate heavy machinery. Investigators said his death was an accident.

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