OSHA investigating crane construction death at Penn State

    Federal workplace safety officials are investigating the death of a construction worker on Penn State’s main campus.

    The Centre Daily Times reports 29-year-old Jerod Chapman died when he was struck by the crane on Friday.

    The Uniontown man worked for Maccabee Industrial of Belle Vernon, and was working to break down the crane so it could be moved when another worker reportedly did something that prompted the crane to hit Chapman.

    The federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration is investigating Maccabee; Maxim Crane Works, another subcontractor; and P. J. Dick, the contractor in charge of the construction project.

    A P.J. Dick spokesman says the contractor has suspended work at the site while it also investigates, and is cooperating with the OSHA probe.

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