Worker pinned under mini steamroller dies

A man who was operating a mini steamroller that rolled over and trapped him Wednesday afternoon has died, Baltimore County authorities said Thursday.

Michael Ray Mathews, 64, of Freeland, was using the mini steamroller to flatten out a pile of dirt when the pile collapsed, causing the steamroller to roll over and trap him underneath, county police said. Another worker at the site, in the 600 block of Belfast Road in Sparks, used another piece of equipment to lift the steamroller so that Mathews could be pulled out. Mathews was taken to St. Joseph's Medical Center, where he later died.

An investigator with the Maryland Occupational Safety and Health responded to the scene and began an investigation, county police said. Baltimore County officials on Wednesday did not have additional information about the company or about the work site.

Rescuers were also called at 7:13 a.m. Wednesday to Greater Baltimore Medical Center for a "high angle rescue" after man operating a sky lift jack tipped over and hit the side of the building.

He was lowering the jack after changing a light bulb two stories up. The worker was taken to Sinai Hospital for serious but non-life-threatening injuries. Officials did not identify the other man.

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