A forklift operator at Boston’s Logan Worldwide Airport has died after the automobile he was touring in tipped over on high of him, Massachusetts State Police say.
The deadly accident involving a Komatsu forklift occurred “in an out of doors loading space behind Gate C26” on Tuesday afternoon, claiming the lifetime of a 51-year-old male from Winthrop.
“At roughly 3:20 PM the sufferer, an worker of a JetBlue subcontractor, tried to drive the forklift by way of a decrease bag service entrance,” Massachusetts State Police mentioned in an announcement. “An awning over the doorway contained a lateral steel beam with an indication indicating vertical clearance of 8 toes, 6 inches.
“The forklift’s backrest extension — part of the gear that attaches to the entrance and is designed to maintain hundreds steady and defend the operator from hundreds falling towards him — was raised. The forklift’s prolonged backrest was too excessive to clear the lateral beam over the service entrance,” the assertion continued. “The prolonged backrest collided with the beam, inflicting the forklift to tip over and are available to relaxation on high of the sufferer, who had been ejected to the pavement.”
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Police say a JetBlue worker who heard the crash and a number of other co-workers then “rushed to the sufferer’s support and used an plane tow bar to raise the forklift sufficient to drag the sufferer out from beneath.”
State Police and first responders then arrived on-scene and commenced performing life-saving measures, however the man finally was taken to a neighborhood hospital and was pronounced lifeless.
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The identification of the deceased male – who police say was the one particular person onboard the forklift on the time – has not but been publicly launched.
“The State Police Detective Unit for Suffolk County is being assisted within the demise investigation by MSP Troop F patrols and detectives, the State Police Crime Scene Providers Part, and the State Police Collision Evaluation and Reconstruction Part,” Massachusetts State Police mentioned. “The investigation is ongoing.”
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Logan Airport and JetBlue didn’t instantly reply Wednesday to requests for remark from FOX Enterprise.
FOX Enterprise’ Chris Pandolfo contributed to this report.