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Manitowoc Crane investigating fatal accident

Posted by nahetsblog on January 14, 2010


Manitowoc Crane Group is investigating the cause of a Jan. 4 accident that led to the death of a Chambersburg, Pa., man, a company official said Tuesday.

Jeffrey Cowan, 41, died Sunday from injuries sustained in a fall at Manitowoc Crane Group in Shady Grove.

The company is unclear what caused the accident, said Dennis Rooney, vice president of human resources for the Americas division of Manitowoc Cranes.

Cowan was working on the deck of a crane in the final assembly area when he fell, Rooney said. He died less than a week later.

“It is upsetting what happened to Jeffrey,” Rooney said. “He was a great man. Our hearts go out to his family.”

Because the incident resulted in a fatality, the Occupational Health and Safety Administration has visited the manufacturing facility on Pa. 16 east of Greencastle, Pa., Rooney said.

The Shady Grove plant, formally Grove Worldwide, was purchased by Manitowoc in 2002, and produces small and large cranes.

The plant is one of Franklin County’s largest employers.

Rooney said Cowan worked in the final assembly area and had worked at the plant for a little less than five years.

Before coming to Manitowoc, Cowan served in the U.S. Marine Corps and was a veteran of Operation Desert Storm, according to his obituary.

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