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Fatal IN Lift Accident Under Investigation

Friday, January 28, 2011

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Authorities are investigating the death of a contract worker who was fatally injured in a mobile lift accident at Evonik Degussa Corp.’s Tippecanoe Laboratories in Lafayette, IN.

The Indiana Occupational Safety and Health Administration is examining the death of Randall Carter, 36, of Greencastle, IN.

Carter was operating a mobile lift vehicle about 1:30 p.m. Jan. 24 when he “became lodged next to a building while in the vehicle’s basket,” published reports said.

He died about 4 p.m. Tuesday after being removed from life support systems at Methodist Hospital in Indianapolis.

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Carter worked for Performance Contracting Inc., a division of Lenexa, KS-based Performance Contracting Group. With more than 50 offices nationwide, PCI’s services include painting, EIFS installation, custom metal stud and drywall systems, raised access flooring, fireproofing and insulation. PCI was doing insulation work at the Evonik facility when the accident occurred, a PCI official said.

Carter had worked for PCI for many years, senior vice president Michael Matthews told the local news site

"Performance Contracting deeply regrets the loss of Randy," Matthews said.

Evonik Degussa human resources manager Charles Greely said company employees and officials "are deeply saddened to receive the news of his passing and our thoughts and prayers go out to the family during this most difficult time."

Both companies said they were investigating the accident.

Performance Contracting has had six IOSHA inspections with zero violations in the last five years. Tippecanoe Laboratories has no record with IOSHA. Germany-based chemical giant Evonik bought the lab from Eli Lilly in 2009. The facility employs about 700 people.


Tagged categories: Accidents; Contractors; Degussa; Evonik; Fatalities; Health and safety; lift

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