One man is dead and another injured after a three-ton beam fell on them Wednesday at a Lackawanna steel plant.
Sabahudin Ramulic, 46, of the Town of Tonawanda, was killed at about 4:30 p.m. at Linita Design and Manufacturing when a steel beam weighing 6,000 pounds fell from an overhead crane, bounced off the ground and landed on his midsection, Lackawanna police said. Ramulic was taken to Mercy Hospital, where he later died.
The steel beam also broke the legs of Patrick Barker, 26, residence unknown, who was helping Ramulic roll the beam over so it could be welded.
Barker was taken to Erie County Medical Center and remains in stable condition, hospital officials said.
Linita Design, a Canadian company, shifted its manufacturing operations to the former Bethlehem Steel complex on Hamburg Turnpike in 2009. At the time, local officials applauded the company for bringing between 50 and 100 jobs to the region and for using a long-vacant industrial site.
But records show the company was cited for two "serious" violations last year by the federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration, which is investigating Wednesday's incident. It was ordered to pay a fine of more than $3,500 for the violations last year.
Company officials did not immediately return messages seeking comment.