A Dane County iron worker died Wednesday after he was struck by part of a crane he was assembling high above the UW-Milwaukee campus.
Tracy Roth, 29, of Cottage Grove, was on a five-member J.H. Findorff and Son crew that successfully erected the vertical sections of a crane at an addition to the Sandburg Hall dormitory.
But at 2:50 p.m., Roth was assembling horizontal sections 220 feet off the ground when part of the crane apparently struck him in the chest, said Richard Lynch, Findorff executive vice president.
The accident occurred so quietly that many people near the work site only learned of it later. ``There was no physical damage to the machine, no property ...
You have to know how to stay clear of pinch points. This iron worker may have been good most of the time, but a sad misplacement of his body got him crushed. When you have a 30,000 lbs jib coming at you we want to stop it from hitting the crane too hard, but always know your escape route!