Fatal Indiana Elevator Accident Under Investigation
Indiana State investigators with the Department of Homeland Security and the Indiana Occupational Safety and Health Administration (IOSHA) are looking into how and why a 67-year-old man died in an elevator accident on April 29 at a Catholic school in Connersville, Indiana, according to a report from 13WTHR on May 3. Investigators say the man worked as a contractor for an accessibility lift company in Indiana. He was performing routine maintenance, as he had for years, when he got trapped under the elevator on the first floor. Emergency crews had to use hydraulic jaws of life to get the worker out from under the elevator. He was unresponsive and later died at the hospital. State inspectors say they found nothing mechanically wrong with the elevator after the incident, and IOSHA is doing a safety compliance inspection to see if the worker and his company were following all safety procedures. The coroner is awaiting toxicology results before determining an official cause of death.