Worker in Florida Crushed to Death by Crane
About the Fatal Crane Accident
According to Local10, the accident happened at 9:45 a.m. on Thursday morning at 466 Alamanda Drive in the Hallandale Beach neighborhood of Golden Isles, Fla. A construction crew was using a crane to repair a seawall when the crane toppled over. Workers, realizing the crane was falling, ran to get away, but one worker was unable to get away and was crushed to death.
Authorities have identified the man as Christopher Ricci, 27.
The crane landed on a nearby house causing damage to the home as well.
The U.S. Occupational Safety and Hazard Administration (OSHA) will investigate the accident. Both the crane operator and boom operator submitted to a blood test.
Crane Accident Statistics
According to OSHA, the four most common fatal construction accidents are: falls, struck by, caught in/between, and electrocution. In 2008, crane-related accidents caused 54 deaths and 100 injuries. Of those crane accidents,
- Crane collapses caused 25 deaths and 59 injuries.
- Contact with overhead power lines caused 10 deaths and 8 injuries.
- Workers struck by crane load caused 6 deaths and 10 injuries.
- Workers struck by other crane parts caused 6 deaths and 7 injuries.
- Other accidents caused by cranes caused 7 deaths and 16 injuries.