Man killed in accident involving cherry picker crane identified

Posted at 2:27 PM, Nov 01, 2013
and last updated 2013-11-02 16:46:53-04

BOUNTIFUL, Utah – A man was killed while trying to replace a sign after a cherry picker crane malfunctioned Friday morning.

Police responded to 545 S. 200 West at about 11:14 a.m., where a man and his son had come to replace a Blockbuster sign using a flatbed mounted cherry picker crane.

The man was later identified as 66-year-old Richard Gillies.

According to a press release from the Bountiful Police Department, some kind of malfunction pushed the man through the sign and pinned him between the ceiling entrance and the basket of the crane.

The man was out of the bucket when responders reached the scene, but police said it wasn’t immediately clear if the man fell from the bucket or was pulled down by bystanders or the man’s son.

Bystanders were attempting CPR on the man when emergency personnel arrived. Police said hospital officials later confirmed that the man had died.

Officials from the Occupational Safety and Health Administration are investigating the accident.