Two workers outside Timken’s Faircrest steel mill in Perry Township were killed instantly early Saturday afternoon when a massive piece of a crane fell on them.
The Stark County coroner’s office identified the men as Brian Black and Mark Tovissi and said both worked for Canton-based Beaver Excavating Co.
A photo from outside the plant following the incident
Ages and addresses of the two were not immediately available. The families of the two men have been notified, said Harry Campbell of the coroner’s office.
The deaths happened at 12:50 p.m., he said.
What caused the piece of crane to fall has not been determined, Campbell said.
Federal and state investigators will be called in, he said.
In addition, the Stark County coroner will also perform autopsies, including toxicology tests, he said.
The two men were among a crew working at the new casting site being built as part of a $260 million upgrade at Faircrest.
The crane was operated by another contractor, not Timken or Beaver Excavating, Campbell said. He did not identify the crane owner or operator.
The two men were on the ground preparing a load to be lifted when “something happened” and the large, heavy boom of the crane free-fell on them, Campbell said.
Campbell said he arrived at the scene at 1:21 p.m. and immediately pronounced the two men dead, saying they died instantaneously of massive traumatic injuries.
Timken Co. issued a short statement:
“At approximately 12:45 p.m., a crane accident at a construction site at The Timken Co.’s Faircrest Steel Plant, in Perry Township, Canton, OH, resulted in the fatalities of two Beaver Excavating workers. On-site responders immediately contacted emergency and Perry Township police, who arrived at the scene shortly thereafter. OSHA officials also were notified. Construction operations were immediately suspended until further notice.
“Out of respect for those involved, Timken also suspended its steel-making operations at the Faircrest plant. Timken workers will return to their shifts in steel operations on Monday, May 6, beginning at 8 a.m.”