OKLAHOMA CITY – Police have released more information about the construction worker who died after a scissor lift he was operating fell from a building in downtown Oklahoma City.
On Friday, Alex Baiza, 33, was working on the eighth floor of a building near Sheridan and Hudson that is under construction.
Fire officials originally said Baiza was on the fourteenth floor; however, the police report clarifies he was in fact on the eighth floor.
Witnesses say Baiza was working on the scissor lift and had just brought down some framework and put it to the side.
When Baiza returned to the scissor lift to retrieve more framework, the scissor lift started moving forward.
Witnesses told police that Baiza must have thought he changed the scissor lift mode from “forwards and back” to “up and down.”
However, the scissor lift was left in the “forward and back” mode, causing the lift to go forward.
The front of the lift drove off the side of the building and began to fall over the side.
Witnesses say Baiza tried to grab onto some wiring to keep himself from falling with the lift; however, since Baiza was tied to the lift, he was unable to stop himself from being pulled down with it.
Workers told police they rushed to help Baiza as they watched the accident unfold, but they were unable to save him.
Baiza was pronounced dead at the scene.
OSHA is investigating.