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Electrical Contractor Dies after Fall from Scissor Lift


construction worker in protective gear looking toward construction site with scaffolding

According to News4Jax, an electrical contractor suffered fatal injuries in a fall from a scissor lift in Jacksonville, Florida, on Monday morning.

Details of Workplace Accident

Bruce Krost, 74, was working on changing the lighting on the ceiling of the Wheel-1 Inc. warehouse on Philips Highway when the workplace accident occurred. Krost, who had owned Coastal Lighting Service and Supply for decades, was standing atop a 30-foot scissor lift when the lift failed and collapsed. The contractor fell from the lift and struck his head on the concrete floor of the warehouse.

Krost was transported to UF Health Hospital and died around 13 hours later, reports News4Jax. No other workers were injured.

Officials believe the fatal fall was an accident, and a separate investigation will be conducted by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) to determine why the scissor lift failed and tipped over. News4Jax reports that Krost’s company had no violations from OSHA in the past 10 years.

On the Job Accident Statistics

The following information is provided by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA):

  • 4,821 workers died on the job in 2014.
  • Fatal falls accounted for 359 construction worker fatalities in 2014. The “Fatal Four” leading causes of private sector worker deaths are:
    • Falls – 359 out of 899 total deaths in construction in 2014 (39.9%)
    • Electrocutions – 74 (8.2%)
    • Struck by Object – 73 (8.1%)
    • Caught-in/between – 39 (4.3%)
  • Fatal work injuries involving contractors accounted for 17 percent of all fatal work injuries in 2014.

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