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Worker Killed in Crane Accident

August 10, 2000

MILWAUKEE (AP) _ A piece of a crane that was being erected to build a dormitory at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee hit an iron worker Wednesday, killing him, officials said.

The 29-year-old man and four other workers were on top of the crane trying to secure its final section, said John Rodell, a vice president of operations for Findorff Construction, the equipment’s owner.

The 15-foot section swung back and hit the man in the chest, Rodell said.

Firefighters and a paramedic climbed the 220-foot crane to get to the man, who was lying unconscious on the crane’s platform, said Milwaukee Fire Department Lt. Terry Lintonen.

They lowered the man using a basket from another crane. He was pronounced dead soon afterward, Lintonen said.

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration is investigating the accident, said agency spokeswoman Bonnie Friedman. The construction site will be closed for the rest of the week.

The 19-story dorm is scheduled to be completed in September 2001.

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