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Landscaper Killed in Forklift Incident in Freeport

A Freeport landscaper was killed Tuesday morning when he was crushed by granite that was being hoisted up by a forklift.

About the Forklift Incident

59-year-old Scott MacDonald of Limington, Maine was helping the operator of a forklift when the lift suddenly dropped a load of granite steps onto him.

The granite steps were a part of a shopping plaza in the downtown Freeport area. The incident took place in the courtyard area of the plaza.

Macdonald and the forklift operator were apparently trying to remove the loader’s door when the granite steps fell onto Macdonald. Macdonald was killed on impact just before 9 a.m.

OSHA Investigating Freeport Accident

After working for over 30 years as a mason Macdonald had recently started working with granite sculptures at Coastal Landscape, Construction and Snow Services of Cumberland.

Freeport police and the federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) are investigating MacDonald’s death. Authorities plan to examine the loader to determine whether a mechanical problem could have contributed to the accident.

Representatives from Coastal Landscape could not be reached for comment on the circumstances of the incident.

Macdonald is survived by a wife, two sons and a daughter.

Statistics on Work Related Accidents

The following data is provided by the federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA):

  • 4, 628 workers were killed on the job in 2012.
  • Fatal work injuries involving contractors accounted for 15% of all fatal work injuries in 2012.
  • The leading causes of worker deaths on construction sites were falls, followed by being struck by an object, and electrocution.

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