A 22-year-old Milwaukee man was killed in an industrial accident on the south side Tuesday when a 6,000-pound steel bar fell on him.
Benjamin H. Alcorn, a crane operator at Acme Galvanizing Inc., 2730 S. 19th St., was crushed about 4 a.m. under a steel bar that had not been securely attached to an overhead crane, a Milwaukee County medical examiner’s report states. The bar was 10 to 15 feet in the air when it fell.
Operators are supposed to stand outside a designated area. Alcorn did not, the report said.
Ed Weiss, president of the family-owned Acme Galvanizing, said, “We were stunned and saddened about what happened to Ben. He’s a young man and a really valuable guy to everybody he worked with.”
Alcorn had worked as a crane operator at the factory since March 14. Alcorn was a graduate of Franklin High School.
The Milwaukee Police Department, the Milwaukee County district attorney and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration are investigating the incident.
Weiss said Acme is cooperating with the investigation.
Records show OSHA has inspected the facility three times in the past 10 years. A complaint July 2 resulted in Acme being cited for four violations. The matter was settled informally and negotiated down from more than $3,700 in fines to $1,400.
Planned inspections in 2005 resulted in citations for 21 violations and $15,875 in fines, which were negotiated down to 10 violations and $2,625 in fines, records show.
Yoksas said OSHA assesses fines based on the likelihood of an accident occurring as a result of the violations and the severity of any injuries that could result from the violations. The agency tries to resolve matters informally, he said.