Tuesday, November 1, 2016

Crane operator with A&B Sales and Rental crushed to death after crane toppled over in Michigan

HOLLAND, Mich. (NEWSCHANNEL 3) – A crane has toppled over at a business near Holland and one man is dead.

Allegan County Dispatch confirms that police are on a scene at 4200 block of Blue Star Highway where a crane fell on Tuesday, around 9 a.m.

Initial statements from first responders on the scene say that the operator--identified as 55-year-old Robert Jay Geurink, of the Holland area--was working alone to move a large piece of equipment from a flatbed trailer.

Somehow during the movement, the crane rolled onto its side, causing Geurink to sustain fatal injuries.

We're told Geurink is the owner and operator of A&B Sales and Rental, where the incident took place.

The Michigan Occupational Safety and Health Administration is currently investigating the cause of the accident and police said they don't believe the accident to be criminal.

We're told that at this point, the Allegan County Sheriff's Department will have no further involvement in the investigation unless requested by MI-OSHA.