A Freeport landscaper was killed Tuesday morning when he was crushed by granite that was being hoisted up by a forklift.
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.
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.
The following data is provided by the federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA):