A worker was killed at the site of a new wastewater treatment facility being built in Windsor Township. It happened Monday, Jan. 20, 2014.
A worker was killed at the site of a new wastewater treatment facility being built in Windsor Township. It happened Monday, Jan. 20, 2014. (John A. Pavoncello / jpavoncello@yorkdispatch.com)

A 55-year-old electrician was killed Monday morning at a water-pumping facility in Windsor Township, officials said.

Benedict Todt, of Gardners, Adams County, was killed when an electrical switch gear box fell on him and trapped him underneath it about 10:58 a.m., York Area Regional Police Sgt. Jeff Dunbar said.

The box is about 7 feet by 4 feet in size and weighs more than 2 tons, he said. It was not connected to an electrical source at the time.

The fatal industrial accident happened while Todt was working at the Red Lion Municipal Authority's water plant, 500 Gebhart Road, according to Dunbar.

The facility is undergoing an expansion project and Todt was installing the electrical switch gear box when it fell on him, the sergeant said.

Todt was an electrician for Lobar Inc., a Dillsburg construction company, Dunbar said.

Regional officers were initially called to the facility for a cardiac arrest, but once on scene realized it was an industrial accident, the sergeant said.

Todt was pronounced dead at the scene at 12:01 p.m. by Deputy Coroner Terry Meyers, according to the coroner's office.

An autopsy is scheduled for 10 a.m. Tuesday at Allentown's Lehigh Valley Hospital to determine the cause and manner of Todt's death, York County Coroner Pam Gay said.

Assisting at the scene were Windsor-area firefighters and Red Lion Ambulance, Dunbar said.

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration is investigating, according to Gay.

-- Reach Liz Evans Scolforo at levans@yorkdispatch.com.