Worker dies in construction accident when 50,000 pound steel coil falls

A Hamilton man was killed Monday morning after a 30,000-pound steel coil fell on him while he was working at the SteelSummit Ohio construction company on Southland Road in Forest Park.


According to Forest Park police, 911 calls indicated that Brian Cupp was pinned from the waist down by the steel coil. One caller told the dispatcher that Cupp was still breathing and first responders “should bring everything they got,” in order to try to free him and save his life.

Another caller said the coil was about 50,000 pounds. He said they had a crane that could lift the coil, but the dispatcher advised them to wait until EMTs arrived.

Co-workers held the injured man’s hand and rubbed his head while waiting for emergency help to arrive, according to a third caller.

The Hamilton County Coroner’s Office and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration are investigating the incident.

SteelSummit provides steels for the automotive, HVAC and construction industries, as well as other manufacturers, according to its website.

A check into the plant safety record showed no previous OSHA investigations listed on the OSHA website and no federal civil lawsuits filed against the company relating to worker safety.

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