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Worker killed in industrial accident at Manitowoc Crane Group

August 29, 2013|By ROXANN MILLER | roxann.miller@herald-mail.com

SHADY GROVE, Pa. — An employee was killed Thursday in an industrial accident at Manitowoc Crane Group, according to a company official and state police.

Rickie Lee Grimsley was killed when he was pinned between a parked crane and a crane that was being moved by another employee, Pennsylvania State Police said in a news release.

No age and hometown for Grimsley were available Thursday night.

Wayne Bunch, Manitowoc’s vice president of human resources Americas, confirmed earlier Thursday that a worker had died in the accident.

The incident occurred around 2:30 p.m. at the former Grove Worldwide plant off Pa. 16 west of Waynesboro, Pa., according to state police and 1st Lt. Tyler Myers of the Greencastle (Pa.) Rescue Hose Co.

Rescue Hose crews and state police responded to the scene, he said.

Grimsley was standing between a parked crane and one that was being moved by another Manitowoc employee. The crane turned too sharply to the right and trapped him between the two cranes, police said. 

The employee was pronounced dead at the scene, Bunch said.

“We called emergency services immediately, and they were on site quickly, but, unfortunately, there was nothing we were able to do,” he said.

Bunch said the company is cooperating with state police and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, which is investigating the accident.

“We are providing full support to the family of the employee and the other team members that are ... on site,” Bunch said.

“We’re asking for everyone’s thoughts and prayers for the employee and those involved in the accident,” he said.

The company manufactures about 200 cranes per month, according to a 2012 story published in The Herald-Mail.

In 2011, the Shady Grove facility employed about 1,300 workers, including approximately 800 production employees and 500 staff positions in engineering, finance, sales, purchasing and customer service, officials said.

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