On any given day in the Seattle area, numerous construction projects of varying sizes are underway. Depending on the type of project, the use of large pieces of equipment may be necessary to complete the job. As is the case with virtually any piece of equipment, there is a risk that the operator will be injured while using the machinery. The outcome of these construction accidents can be serious.
This occurred this past weekend at a construction site located on the University of Washington campus. A man operating a crane was injured when a heavy slab of concrete fell on the machinery he was using. The piece of concrete was described as being approximately 15 feet by 30 feet and weighing approximately 40,000 pounds. It apparently fell six stories before landing on the cab of the crane, crushing it and trapping the man. At the time of the incident, the man was working to demolish a former dorm called Lander Hall.