Crane Accidents

Death of Man at Northland Company Under Investigation

09/13/01

Northmoor, Missouri 

Ascencion Bermudez, 53, was electrocuted Monday while unloading equipment near power lines at Kelly-Hill Co. in Northmoor.

Northmoor police Detective Leroy Williams declined to comment Wednesday about the safety standards in place when Bermudez died.

Bermudez’s son, Andres Bermudez, said he was glad police and OSHA were investigating.

“We just want to make it safer for the rest of the workers so it won’t happen again,” he said. “I still have a brother-in-law working there.”

Williams said Bermudez, of Kansas City, Kan., died while helping unload a railroad tie end server from a flatbed truck. The man was touching the server with his right hand as it was being carried by a crane. He was electrocuted when the crane came in contact with an overhead power line, sending more than 12,000 volts of electricity through his body.

The crane operator was uninjured.

Bermudez had worked for Kelly-Hill for about 25 years. He recently started his own trucking company, family members said.

He is survived by his wife, Gloria, and their four children and three grandchildren.

His son said the couple were looking forward to the birth of a fourth grandchild and to their 30th wedding anniversary in December.

“He was a good-natured, caring person with really strong family ties,” Andres Bermudez said.

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