Minnesota Worker Killed in Accident with Overhead Door
A Minnesota worker was involved in a fatal accident when his jacket became tangled in a large, hangar-like door. Fellow employees and rescue crews were unable to free the man before he died, according to a Pioneer Press report.
Details of the Overhead Door Accident
Authorities say that a 911 call was placed at 8:40 a.m. on Tuesday when Michael Ross Larson’s jacket became tangled in the lift mechanism of a large overheard door at a Bagley Wood Products plant. Larson was lifted until his feet were approximately 3 feet off the ground by the mechanism. The door itself measures 40 feet wide and 20 feet high.
Employees attempted to use equipment on-site to rescue Larson. Rescue crews say they too attempted to free Larson but by the time help arrived there were no signs of life.
The Bagley Wood Products plant manufactures plywood, moulding and paneling products. Occupational Safety and Health Administration records show the plant was fined $1,025 for three violations in 2012; the most serious violation was for a lack of guard rails surrounding floor and wall openings. The plant was also fined $280 in 2008 for not providing proper loud sound abatement.
Minnesota Workplace Injury Statistics
The Minnesota Department of Labor and Industry provides the following Minnesota workplace injury statistics for 2011:
- There were 60 work-related fatalities in Minnesota in 2011.
- The Minnesota industry sectors with the highest injury and illness rates were: construction (6.5%), natural resources and mining (6.2%) and manufacturing (4.8).
- 52% of all injured workers were male.
- The most common cause of workplace fatalities was contact with objects and equipment, accounting for 32% of worker fatalities.