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1 dead, another injured in incident at University of Utah Hospital

Posted at 12:22 PM, Sep 15, 2021
and last updated 2021-09-15 19:11:08-04

SALT LAKE CITY — One person was killed and another injured after an incident that was originally described as a Hazmat situation at the University of Utah Hospital Wednesday.

Officials say two people were moving an MRI scanner from the fourth floor of the hospital to the first shortly after 11 a.m. when the MRI fell, causing fatal injuries to one of the workers.

The movers worked for a separate company that was contracted by the hospital.

Leaders with the University of Utah said a rapid response team transferred the patient to the Hospital's emergency department where they passed away.

The second worker also suffered a minor injury during the incident. No further details about their condition were made available.

Hospital officials expressed their condolences to the family of the deceased worker in a statement that reads:

“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 all parties involved to understand what happened and identify the root cause, but our immediate concern is supporting all those affected,” aid Alison Flynn Gaffney, Executive Director of University Hospital service Lines and System planning in a statement to FOX 13.

The Salt Lake City Fire Department earlier said they had responded to a Hazmat industrial incident.

The identities of the workers involved were not made immediately available.

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