Tank Crushes Worker at Kansas Worksite

September 25, 2014

A well-known boxer is dead after a Wichita, Kansas, industrial accident in which a 6-ton tank shifted unexpectedly and fell on him while he was sandblasting it.

The Wichita Eagle reports the man, 22-year-old Tony Losey, was under a tarp outside Boardman working on the tank when it fell onto him Tuesday afternoon.

Wichita police say Losey was a subcontractor at the steel plate fabricator. Sgt. John Ryan says it’s rare for the tanks, which fall several times a year, to injure workers because most of the time people are able to get out of the way.

Losey was a well-known amateur boxer in Wichita who planned to pursue an Olympic spot in 2016. As of July, USA Boxing had ranked Losey third nationally in its 152-pound weight class.

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