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Worker dies while removing bank safe

October 13, 2006

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— A demolition worker was killed when a bank safe fell from a lift and pinned him against a wall.

The worker, who was identified only as a 46-year-old man, died Wednesday as he was helping to clear out the 3,000-pound safe from the vault at the closed Bank Midwest branch.

"It teetered and the safe tipped over onto him," said Battalion Chief Kevin Shirley, a spokesman for the Kansas City, Kan., Fire Department.

At least two co-workers were in the building when the accident happened, but they were unable to free the man, Shirley said.

"The room is such that he must have had to go in there by himself and pick it up and they (the other co-workers) were outside the room," Shirley said. "It pivoted up against him, striking him across the chest or upper abdomen and pinning him against the wall."

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