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One person dead after accident at University of Utah Hospital

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SALT LAKE CITY — One person died on Wednesday on the west side loading dock of the University of Utah hospital, just north of the school of medicine.

According to the Executive Director of Service Lines and System Planning at the University of Utah Hospital, Alison Flynn Gaffney, the accident happened around 11:00 am. on Wednesday.

Gaffney said that magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) equipment was being moved from the fourth to the first floor when it fell.

A University of Utah Hospital spokeswoman said that a contracted employee with the company that was moving the device fell alongside the MRI.

That person was then transferred to University of Utah Hospital’s Emergency Department, where the patient later passed away. Another contracted employee suffered a minor injury in the incident. 

One person was killed and another received minor injuries.

In a tweet, the Salt Lake City Fire Department indicated it was responding to an “industrial accident with injuries.”

It is unknown if the accident was caused by liquid in the MRI equipment, or if the weight of the machine was involved. 

This story will be updated.

 

Shortly after 11am this morning, a tragic accident occurred on the west side loading dock of University of Utah Hospital, just north of the School of Medicine.

 

The incident took place externally from the building when an MRI fell while being relocated from the 4th floor to the 1st floor of the hospital.

 

An employee with the company that was contracted to move the device fell alongside the MRI. A rapid response team transferred the patient to University of Utah Hospital’s Emergency Department where the patient later passed away. Another contracted employee suffered a minor injury in the incident. 

 

“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,” says Alison Flynn Gaffney, Executive Director of University Hospital service Lines and System planning.