New Castle, Ind.—One man was killed and another seriously injured in New Castle when the scissor lift they were standing on tipped over Tuesday. The accident happened inside the ATI Allegheny Ludlum Corporation on State Road 38.
Emergency dispatchers received several 911 calls:
Dispatch: "911, your emergency?"
Employee: “Yeah, this is Mike from Allegheny Ludlum again. I've got two guys down. They fell from a scissor lift. They were both employees and they're inside the plant."
Dispatch: "They're inside? Ok."
Employee: "One of them is unconscious, bleeding out of the mouth and the other one, he is conscious. He is hurt. He's hurt bad." Dispatch: "Okay."
Ron Burns runs New Castle Emergency Medical Services. He was one of the first responders on scene. He said the men fell 30-40 feet to the concrete floor.
"There's a crane that's up toward the top of this facility that runs across I-beams all the way back from front to back and that crane lifts big rolls of steel. They were up on a scissor lift working on that crane, when, for whatever reason, that crane tipped over, fell, whatever, throwing the two gentlemen from the crane," Burns said.
A follow-up call from one of the EMTs signaled the seriousness of the injuries.
Employee: "Help me pull him over."
Dispatch: "911, what's your emergency?"
Dispatch: “Hey Leigh, it's Carrie. We're going to need a helicopter."
Employee: "I got one that's unresponsive. He's bleeding out of his head real bad. His pupils are dilated. He's got a nice big gash."
That man later died at Henry County Hospital.
A search of OSHA records showed no safety citations or accidents reported within the last 10 years for the facility.
The co-worker is listed in serious condition at Methodist Hospital in Indianapolis. He suffered severe head injuries, but was reportedly responsive during his trip to the hospital.
The employees' names have not been released, pending notification of their families.
The company had no comment at the time.