Accident at Indiana factory kills contractor

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GARRETT, Ind. (AP) — A northeastern Indiana coroner says a Fort Wayne man died from a head injury he suffered when a scissor-lift toppled inside a factory as he was installing a safety feature on a crane.

DeKalb County Coroner Jeff Warner says 54-year-old Jim McCullough was on a scissor-lift about 35 feet in the air Saturday afternoon, trying to install safety equipment on a crane inside Assmann Corp.’s factory in Garrett about 20 miles north of Fort Wayne.

Warner tells The Star of Auburn that for an unknown reason, the crane moved and struck the scissor lift, causing it to topple over inside the factory. He says McCullough fell and landed on the back of his head, inflicting a fatal wound.

State workplace safety officials are investigating his death. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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