Construction worker crushed in accident at UH Manoa

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HONOLULU (KHON2) –A man is dead after a construction accident at Clarence T.C. Ching Field on the University of Hawaii Manoa campus Thursday night.

The project has been temporarily suspended but UH said the incident is not expected to delay the team’s first home game.

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The accident happened at 7:39 p.m. Police said a crew member was using a pallet jack to unload roughly 5,000 pounds of metal material, wrapped in plastic when it fell on top of another worker who standing outside the container, crushing him.

According to a UH spokesperson Dan Meisenzahl, the 30-year-old male victim and most of the crew are from the UK.

Meisenzahl said Roder, a German construction company, was hired to install 15 hospitality suites above the grand stand on the makai side of the field.

The department of labor confirmed that Hawaii Occupational Safety and Health (HIOSH) is investigating.

Life saving measures were taken, but proved unsuccessful, and the man could not be revived.

At this time, no suspicious circumstances have been found. The incident is being labeled as an unattended death.

This is a terrible tragedy. The University of Hawaiʻi offers its deepest condolences to the family, friends and coworkers of the victim. We stand with you in your grief. UH is committed to doing everything we can to assist in the investigation of this devastating event.

Dan Meisenzahl
University of Hawaii spokesman

UH Rainbow Warrior Head Football Coach Todd Graham was saddened by the news.

“I don’t know much about it,” Graham said. “I was up here late last night when that happened. It just breaks your heart. Our thoughts and prayers go to his family. That’s one of the things that you know is, we’re not promised tomorrow. So that’s why you live every day and try to be a blessing for someone.”

According to a spokesperson at the labor department, there have been four fatalities, including this one, since December.

On Dec. 9, 64-year-old Cread Mitsui died of blunt force trauma after a crate being lifted by a forklift fell on him.

A month later, a 57-year old man was run over by an industrial vehicle at Sand Island.

Less than two weeks ago, 28-year-old Paul Pestana was killed when he got trapped under a truck-mounted crane he was servicing.

Nationwide, there were 5,333 fatal work injuries recorded in 2019.

The labor department spokesman said the construction and industrial sector historically has higher instances of injuries and fatalities than any other occupation.

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