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Construction worker killed by beam falling from crane

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A 57-year-old worker was killed after a massive concrete beam fell from a 20-meter crane landing directly on him at a construction site in Tokyo's Adachi Ward on Monday.

According to police, the accident occurred at around 2 p.m. at the construction site of a company training facility. TV Asahi reported that a large concrete beam, weighing 800 kgs, got loose from a crane and fell onto the man below.

Police said the worker, identified as Makoto Yamada, was rushed to hospital, suffering from severe head trauma but was pronounced dead on arrival.

Police said they are looking into the company's safety control procedures.

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What a horrible way to go. Very sad to hear such things. R.I.P

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He must have been crushed. Would have been horrible to witness such a thing.

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At a training facility? Really? The mind boggles as to why someone would be standing directly underneath a crane load. I guess he must of missed that class.

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It was at the construction of a company training facility, not at a training facility, i.e. they were building it.

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At a training facility? Really? The mind boggles as to why someone would be standing directly underneath a crane load. I guess he must of missed that class.

Don't be that guy who criticizes someone after they die because you know how to avoid accidents in any situation. RIP

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Oh my goodness! thats horrible.

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At a training facility? Really? The mind boggles as to why someone would be standing directly underneath a crane load. I guess he must of missed that class.

First of all, like wanderlust said it was a construction site where they were BUILDING a training facility.

Second of all, there's nothing in the article that says the worker was standing directly under the load. He could have been standing to the side as a line tender with the beam in a sling, and when the beam shifted in the sling it dumped the beam out and to the side of where the load was suspended.

Finally, 800kg traveling at roughly 20 m/s (72kph) when it hit him probably meant the trip to the hospital was merely to confirm death. The guy had just over 1 second to realize the danger and move his body far enough away to avoid injury. Most people wouldn't make it. Objects dropped from 20 meters are doing about 20 m/s when they hit the ground - assuming air resistance isn't heavily skewing things like with leaves or feathers.

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There should be an INTENSE investigation into why this happened fo anyone with knowledge on how to sling loads would NEVER allow a load to be lifted slung wrong.

My guess is the foreman was in a hurry to get the beam lifted to position avoiding safty procedures.

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