Shipyard worker killed in crane accident

ERIE, Penn. – Craig Plyler, a 48-year-old employee of Donjon Shipbuilding & Repair here, was killed yesterday morning when he became tangled in machinery while servicing a crane 100 feet in the air. According to Erie County coroner Lyell Cook, he was killed almost instantly as a result of “trauma injuries.”

The accident occurred at roughly 8:30 a.m. Wednesday morning, and it took some two hours to recover Plyler, as only the local Erie Fire Department had a crane that could reach high enough to get to the scene of the accident.

Donjon Shipbuilding is owned by Donjon Marine, based in Hillside, N.J. The company employs roughly 200 workers. The photo accompanying this article was taken by editor David Krapf when he visited the Donjon facility in July 2011.

According to reports, an OSHA official will be investigating the accident, along with the coroner.

“There’s still a lot of information that needs to be gathered,” Cook told WICU, “But it was clearly an accidental death.”

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