Man Is Crushed While Conducting Mechanical Work


by Russ Slaten

ANCHORAGE, AK - A Juneau man died yesterday, after conducting mechanical work on his vehicle.

Juneau Police say 31-year-old Joshua Beach was working underneath a '97 Honda passenger car when the car rolled and the jack fell over, pinning him underneath.

Police say a fire rescue crew attempted to make life saving measures on the scene, but without success. His family was notified.

Johnson's Tire Service in Anchorage says people working on their cars should start with a level surface in order to keep the vehicle from moving. People should wedge in wheel chocks to prevent the car from rolling. Most importantly, officials say high quality jack stands are a smart investment to prevent a vehicle from collapsing under weight.

"You gotta be focused, and you actually have to look at what you're doing too. so when you raise the vehicle up, you literally need to look to see the way you're hoisting the vehicle," said Johnson's Tire Service General Manager Rich LaMar.

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