Monday, April 10, 2017

Worker crushed to death after a 30,000-pound steel coil fell on him at SteelSummit-Ohio in Forest Park

FOREST PARK, Ohio – A worker was killed in an accident at a construction company Monday morning.

Brian K. Cupp, 46, of Hamilton, was pronounced dead at SteelSummit Ohio on Southland Road, according to a news release from Forest Park police. The Hamilton County Coroner's Office and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration were investigating the incident.

A 30,000-pound steel coil fell on a worker at the business, according to a call to 911. It pinned him from the waist down.

“Oh, god,” the caller says repeatedly.

“No, don’t move it. He’ll die. Don't move that coil,” the man shouts at other workers.

“He’s still under it. You better bring everything you’ve got. “It’s very serious,” the caller says to the 911 dispatcher.

"He’s still breathing.”

Another caller said the coil was about 50,000 pounds. He said they had a crane that could lift the coil, but the dispatcher advised them to wait until EMTs arrived.

Co-workers held the injured man hand and rubbed his head while waiting for emergency help to arrive, according to a third caller.

SteelSummit provides steels for the automotive, HVAC and construction industries, as well as other manufacturers, according to its website.A check into the plant safety record showed no previous OSHA investigations listed on the OSHA website and no federal civil lawsuits filed against the company relating to worker safety. 


A Hamilton man was killed Monday working at SteelSummit Ohio Corporation in Forest Park, police said.

Emergency crews responded to the steel processing facility on Southland Road just after 10 a.m.

Brian Cupp, 46, was pronounced dead at the scene.

Forest Park Fire Department Lt. Adam Pope said Cupp died in an industrial accident. He said the incident was not of chemical nature and there was no additional risk to other employees or nearby residents.

Pope said SteelSummit has closed the facility for the day.

The Hamilton County Coroner's Office and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) are investigating Cupp's death.

OSHA could not provide any records of their inspections of SteelSummit on Monday.

SteelSummit purchased the Forest Park building in 2011 from Ohio Metal Processing. The business is a subsidiary of the Sumitomo Corporation of Americas and operates a second facility in Nashville. Both facilities produce steel for the automotive, heating and air conditioning and construction industries.