Monday, March 27, 2017

Construction worker crushed to death by safe deposit box that fell off a lift at the Cheltenham Mall in Montgomery County, PA

Police say the man was crushed to death after an old safety deposit box fell on him. (WPVI)

Updated 36 mins ago
CHELTENHAM TWP., Pa. (WPVI) -- Police say a man was crushed to death when a safe deposit box fell on him in Cheltenham Township, Montgomery County.

The victim has been identified as 35-year-old Jonathan Maust of Elizabethtown, Pennsylvania.

The fatal incident occurred around 1 p.m. Monday at the former Cheltenham Mall on the 2400 block of Cheltenham Avenue, which is currently under construction.

Police say Maust, along with two co-workers, were attempting to relocate a large safe deposit box inside an old Wells Fargo bank.

They placed it up on a lift. That's when, police say, it fell onto Maust.

A special operations unit was called in due to the size and weight of the box.

Action News has learned Maust leaves behind a wife and child.


CHELTENHAM TOWNSHIP, Pa. (CBS) — A construction worker was killed Monday afternoon after he was crushed by a large safety deposit box which had fallen on top of him.

Cheltenham Township police said in a statement they were called to the old Wells Fargo bank at 2401 Cheltenham Avenue for a report of an industrial accident shortly after 1 p.m.

When officers arrived, they were directed to the vault where they found 35-year-old Jonathan Maust of Elizabethtown, Pennsylvania, who had been crushed by a large safety deposit box that fell on top of him. Maust died at the scene.

Police determined the victim, along with two coworkers, attempted to relocate the safety deposit box when it tipped and fell on Maust.

Sources initially told CBS 3 an ATM fell on the worker.

Cheltenham Township police, OSHA and the Montgomery County Coroner’s Office are currently investigating the incident.