A worker dies in a storm-related construction accident in Lebanon


LEBANON, Indiana — A construction worker died when a storm swept through Lebanon on Wednesday night.

According to the Lebanese Fire Department, 911 dispatchers received a call around 6:15 p.m. that a person had fallen at a construction site on the 900 block of Edwards Drive.

The Lebanon Police Department, Lebanon Fire Department and Boone County EMS responded to the scene. While first responders tried to save the man’s life, he died at the scene, according to the Boone County Coroner’s Office.

Preliminary investigation revealed the man was on a raised platform while working on an industrial hall under construction.

He and other workers were about to stop due to approaching thunderstorms. While the platform was being lowered, high winds knocked it over, resulting in the man’s death.

Lebanese fire chief Chuck Batts said the worker was “traumatically injured in the impact”. OSHA was called to investigate.

An autopsy will be carried out on Friday to determine the cause and type of death. The man’s name is being withheld pending notification of the family, according to the coroner’s office.


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