One killed, another injured after industrial incident at University Hospital
SALT LAKE CITY — One person was killed and another was injured as crews moved an MRI machine at University Hospital, according to officials.
Alison Flynn Gaffney, executive director of University Hospital service lines and system planning, said contracted crews were moving the machine from the fourth floor to the first of the hospital Wednesday morning when the incident happened.
Gaffney said an average MRI machine weighs around 20,000 pounds and moves like this one successfully happen “all the time.” The Salt Lake City Fire Department originally reported the incident as a hazmat situation, but officials did not confirm what led to the worker’s death.
The move had been planned for years and SLC fire crews, who were already scheduled to be on-site, responded to the incident, which Gaffney called a “tragic event.”
She said the second contracted worker suffered minor injuries in the incident and the Utah Occupational Safety and Health is investigating the incident.
“This was meant to be a milestone occasion for our team and something that has been in the works for several years. We are incredibly saddened to learn that someone tragically died in this incident and our hearts go out to the family. We will work with all parties involved to understand what happened and identify the root cause, but our immediate concern is supporting all those affected,” Gaffney said.
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