December 18, 2008 | Dave Janney

Falling 600-pound pipe crushes man to death

Bath Township fatality investigated

BATH TWP. – A 33-year-old Pennsylvania man was killed Wednesday when a 600-pound pipe fell from a semitrailer and crushed him as he stood alongside the trailer, police said.

A fork lift, on the opposite side of the trailer, was off-loading another pipe when the accident happened, Bath Township police said.

The accident was reported at about 2:05 p.m. It happened on Park Lake Road, east of Webster Road, near the construction site for the Hawks Ridge apartment complex.

Bath Township police Sgt. Lyle Lindemulder, who was at the scene, said he did not know why the man was standing near the trailer.

The man was pronounced dead at the scene, Lindemulder said. Authorities did not release his name, saying family members still were being notified.

More than an hour after the accident, the man’s body was still in the two-lane road, partly concealed by a white sheet.

Across the road, an apartment complex is under construction. Fryling Construction Co. is listed as the developer. An official with the Grand Rapids company did not return calls seeking comment.

Police said officials from the Michigan Occupational Safety and Health Administration were at the scene.

The agency conducts job site investigations to ensure compliance with laws as well as safety and health standards.

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