62-year-old man killed in boom lift accident


JASPER — An autopsy was to be conducted today for a Jasper man who died Monday after the boom lift he was using to install lights at Jerry Brewery Alumni Stadium overturned.

Police say 62-year-old Earl W. Hulsman of Jasper died after the accident that occurred right before noon.

Another man in the lift, Kurt D. Brescher, 60, of Velpen, suffered unspecified injuries in the accident and was admitted to Memorial Hospital and Health Care Center. His injuries were not believed to be life threatening, according to Jasper police. No further information was available on his condition today.

According to the Jasper Police Department, at 12:06 p.m. police responded to the football stadium at 415 E. Fourth St., and assisted Memorial Hospital Emergency Medical Services and Jasper Volunteer Fire Department first responders with the report of two individuals who had been injured.

Upon arrival, police said, officers, EMTs and first responders located the two men who had been thrown from the boom lift they were operating to install lights on a light standard at the field. It is believed they were bringing the lift back down to the ground when, for an unknown reason, it tipped and fell. The boom lift had reportedly been extended about 40 feet.

Police said one victim was unresponsive and the other was complaining of injury. The two men were transported to the hospital where Hulsman later died from his injuries.

Winds were reported at 10 mph out of the northeast at the time of the accident.

Additional details about the accident were not immediately available.

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