2 employees crushed to death after multiple slabs of granite fell on them at warehouse

MIOSHA investigators expected on scene Tuesday morning
Posted at 4:01 PM, Sep 09, 2019
and last updated 2019-09-10 13:54:40-04

STERLING HEIGHTS (WXYZ) — Two employees of Stone Warehouse of Michigan in Sterling Heights were killed almost instantly after multiple slabs of granite fell on them Monday afternoon, officials say.

The men have been identified as a 30-year-old man from Warren and a 53-year-old man from Shelby Township. There names have not been released.

Each of the slabs, according to officials on the scene, weighed in excess of one thousand pounds.

First responders were on the scene Monday afternoon trying to reach one of the two men killed. The entire warehouse has been shut down during the recovery effort.

An employee at the granite and marble wholesale shop called police around 2:30 p.m. to report the incident. When officers arrived, they say multiple slabs of granite had fallen on top of the men.

How the incident happened is still under investigation by Sterling Heights police.

Stone Warehouse of Michigan is located at 7235 19 Mile Road. The business manufactures high quality natural and engineered stone, and has locations in Florida and one in metro Detroit.

Investigators from the Michigan Occupational Safety and Health Administration (MIOSHA) will be on the scene Tuesday morning for their investigation.