Man fatally crushed by safe at Denver-area bank
Vail, CO Colorado
A 38-year-old contractor was killed Thursday morning when a steel safe weighing thousands of pounds tipped and crushed him at the Chase Bank branch in Ken- Caryl Ranch.
The man was pinned against a door, which trapped at least one co-worker in the room with him, investigators said.
The safe, 5 feet tall by 3 feet wide, blocked the doorway and prevented those outside from reaching the badly injured man crushed beneath the safe.
“It appears to be a really unfortunate, tragic accident,” said Jacki Kelley, a spokeswoman for the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office, which is investigating the death.
The federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration also is investigating the incident as a workplace fatality.
Bill Maron, an investigator with West Metro Fire Rescue, said that about 11 a.m. a crew was moving the safe into a room inside the bank branch when it tipped.
“They were trying to get it through the door and move it around the room to the right spot they wanted it and ended up tipping it, and it got away from him,” Maron told 9News.
West Metro Fire crews cut through two walls to reach the man and uninjured co-workers in the room.
The installer’s name and the name of the company were not released pending notification of next of kin.
“It’s a real small company,” Kelley said.
The branch is upgrading to a larger safe. As the rescue and investigation progressed Thursday, the older, smaller safe rested on the sidewalk outside.
The Chase Bank branch is located off West Ken Caryl Avenue near Shaffer Parkway.
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