Crane Accidents

Apollo Man Killed in Crane Accident

11/18/10

West Virginia

Doug Lippincott was a man’s man with a great big heart, his sister said.

“He loved his Harley-Davidson motorcycle… He had all the man toys,” said his sister, Julie Lippincott, 38, a United Airlines flight attendant based in Washington.

Doug Lippincott of Washington Township, Westmoreland County, was killed Tuesday in an industrial accident in Kearneysville, W.Va. He was 42.

Lippincott was pinned under a 20-ton drilling rig in the Eastern Panhandle when the rig toppled off a truck, according to Berkeley County Medical Examiner Donald Shirley.

He died at the scene.

Grunley Construction Co. of Rockville, Md., is running the $37 million construction project at the IRS Enterprise Computing Center in Kearneysville. The center is a federal facility.

A Grunley official said it’s unclear what caused a turntable holding the rig to either snap or slide off the truck. Three other workers were unhurt.

“What can I tell you? We’re all upset,” Joel Zingeser, director of corporate development, said Wednesday.

Lippincott, a father of two, was employed by Grunley for about 10 years, his sister said. His wife, Michelle, could not be reached for comment.

“He was very well-liked. Everybody just loved him,” Julie Lippincott said.

The son of Fred and Donna Lippincott of Cincinnati was generous, his sister said.

“If he saw a homeless person, he would give him whatever he had. He would give his last dime,” she said.

He commuted from Apollo to work in West Virginia, she said.

Doug Lippincott met his sister for dinner about nine months ago when he was working on a project in Ashburn, Va. He took her to see the worksite and explained the machinery, she said.

“You operate that?” she asked about a huge piece of equipment at the site.

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration was notified of the accident, said Gina Blyther Gilliam, regional public affairs officer for the U.S. General Services Administration.

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