Four Injured at North Port Construction Site
Three construction workers were taken to a nearby hospital in North Port after a crane boom one was operating made contact with a live power line Tuesday afternoon.
Details of the North Port Construction Accident
According to the Herald-Tribune, three workers were hospitalized after receiving a large amount of electricity when the crane boom hit an active power line.
More than 2,800 Florida Power and Light customers lost power for about an hour due to the accident.
The construction workers were attempting to replace an intersections traffic signal assembly and create a dedicated right turn lane on the southbound South Biscayne Drive to westbound Tamiami Trail.
Things went wrong around 1 p.m. when a cable attached to the crane boom touched the overhead power line that crossed U.S. 41.
The power line was carrying 23,000 volts of electricity.
One worker was flown to Tampa General Hospital Burn Center. Two others were transported to Sarasota Memorial Hospital. The fourth man was treated at the scene and released.
Work Place Injury Statistics
The following information is from the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OHSA):
- 4,628 workers were killed on the job in 2012. This averages to about 89 a week or more than 12 deaths every day.
- About 20 percent of those killed in workplace accidents, worked in construction.
- The leading number of injuries and deaths in construction sites were falls, struck by an object, electrocution, and being caught in between an object.