Crane Accidents

One Dead, One Hurt After Lift Falls at Tampa Warehouse

03/11/11

Tampa, Florida

Crane Accident at Pepsi Plant Florida 2011A maintenance worker was killed and another was injured early today after an automated lift machine fell 20 feet onto them at a Tampa warehouse, officials said.

The machine was undergoing maintenance when it fell about 1 a.m. at the Pepsi bottling warehouse, 11315 N. 30th St., according to Tampa Fire Rescue.

Inside the warehouse at about 1:20 a.m., rescuers found one man dead under the machine. The other man had serious leg injuries and was taken to Tampa General Hospital.

The men, reportedly from Pennsylvania, worked for a company contracted to maintain the system, according to Tampa Fire Rescue.

This warehouse is at least 100 feet tall and full of racks with pallets of Pepsi products, officials said. The machine, an automated storage and retrieval system, is a lift system used to move pallets of products. Typically, people are not in the area where the equipment is working.

After the crash, firefighters used heavy rescue equipment to move the machine off the victim’s body.

Police were investigating, and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration has been notified, officials said.

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