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Tuesday’s fatal construction accident at the construction site for the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts is under investigation according to the Kansas City Star.

Authorities spent Wednesday investigating an aerial lift accident that killed one local construction worker and seriously injured another at the future Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts.

The man who died was 35-year-old Ryan Goodman of Lee’s Summit, Kansas City police said. The second worker, 30-year-old Shane Wagener of Grain Valley, remained in serious but stable condition.


Occupational Safety and Health Administration investigators are researching what caused the lift to tip over. Euston said the investigation would include inspecting the lift and reviewing whether safety procedures were followed.

There are still many questions unresolved in this case. The equipment that failed has been described as a crane, a boom lift or an aerial lift. This type of equipment often suffers from design defects that permit the boom to be extended even if the stabilizers or outriggers are not engaged and locked in place and even if the crane or lift is positioned on uneven ground.

Crane and lift manufacturers owe it to their users to incorporate all necessary safety features. You can learn more about dangerous and defect products — including cranes and lifts — at our safety blog or at our web site.

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