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50-foot Crane Topples Over; Operator Hospitalized

construction worker with protective gear with scaffolding and crane in background

According to the Port Townsend Leader, a man was injured on the job when a 50-foot crane crashes, trapping the worker inside in Port Townsend, Washington, on Friday morning.

Details of Work Accident

Jeremy Coburn was attempting to lift a steel mast from a commercial fishing vessel at the Port of Port Townsend when the accident occurred. The four-wheeled mobile crane tipped to its right and crashed to the ground, toppling over into an open area at around 9:35 a.m. local time.

The Port Townsend Leader reports that Coburn was trapped inside the crane’s cab and required extrication. After being removed from the crane, Coburn was transported to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle via airlift. The worker sustained non-life-threatening injuries in the workplace accident.

The accident is under investigation by the Washington State Department of Labor and Industries. The crane is owned and operated by Craftsmen United, reports the Port Townsend Leader.

On the Job Accident Statistics

According to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA),

  • In 2014, 4,821 workers died on the job.
    • On average, more than 92 workers died every week.
  • Out of 4,386 worker fatalities in the private industry in 2014, 899 died in construction accidents.
    • 39 out of the 899 (4.3%) deaths were due to a worker being caught-in/between equipment or an object.
  • The leading cause of private sector worker deaths in the construction industry is falls (39.9%).

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