A little over a week ago, a crane operator was operating a large crane close to State Road 408, where Anderson Street and Division Avenue intersect, when something happened to cause the crane to collapse. According to the SGL, the company that owned the crane and employed the crane operator, the 300-ton piece of equipment was part of the high-profile I-4 Ultimate Project which is aimed at improving the traffic artery along Interstate 4 that has been such a nuisance for drivers in the past. Read the rest »
An electric plant at Apollo Beach was the site of a terrible accident several weeks ago that left two people dead and numerous others in critical condition. According to the Hillsborough County Fire Rescue, firefighters were alerted to the incident on the afternoon of June 29th. The emergency call took the rescue teams to the Tampa Electric Company where employees had been in the process of cleaning a slag tank. According to a spokesperson for the Tampa Electric Company, the initial explosion took place inside of a coal-fired power generator. The slag tank is where the burnt coal is dumped after it gets consumed by the generator. It is not known whether or not the generator was supposed to be operating at the time of the explosion.
Bruce Edward Stephenson Jr. was driving a forklift carrying several stacked pallets of mushrooms at around 10:25 on Monday evening when the pallets began to sway. The 45-year-old Tavares resident working at the Zellwood location of Monterey Mushrooms Inc. at the time. When he saw the sawing pallets, Stephenson lept from the forklift and tried to run away, but the load collapsed on him before he could escape.
An investigation by the Occupational Health and Safety Administration into the death of a Tecta America Southeast employee ended this past week. OSHA cited the building contractor on four counts of safety violations, totaling $63,900. Officials believe that serious safety hazards present on Tecta job sites must be addressed in an effort to keep employees from harm while on the job.
Two people were killed on Tuesday, February 16th in what appears to be a freak accident in Palm Coast, Florida, where a man and woman were run over by a dump truck. It happened at a construction site on Forest Grove Driver and Palm Harbor Parkway where moments before the accident, the dump truck driver had stopped to help the victims.
A construction worker who pulled over to attempt to help a motorist in trouble accidentally backed over two people Thursday night as he was maneuvering his dump truck at the scene. According to the Florida Highway Patrol, a 29-year-old male tried to drive his pickup truck through a construction zone in Palm Coast when he became stuck in some soft mud. The driver of the pickup truck enlisted the help a female friend and her boyfriend who also arrived on the scene. The trio then flagged down the construction worker in the dump truck.
A tragic accident at a construction site in Port Tampa Bay on Friday January 15th trapped a worker inside of a front-end loader. Joe Lammlein, a worker at Gulf Coast Equipment, was attempting to move a scoop of yellow sulfur when the entire 30-foot mound shifted and fell in an avalanche onto the loader he was operating.
A gas leak in Oakland Park was quickly capped by a local HazMat team last Thursday afternoon, averting what may have been a tragic disaster. Authorities note that construction crews working in the area most likely ruptured the line, and that construction company notified authorities immediately of the suspected leak. Police crews worked to evacuate homes and small businesses in the area of the leak, which was near Northeast 15th Avenue and 42nd Street. No one was injured in the incident.
A 29-year-old construction worker was killed Wednesday, December 2nd, when a piece of equipment that was being hoisted in the air broke and fell on him. The man was working on the 37th floor of the Biscayne Beach condo resort in Miami’s Edgewater Neighborhood. Witnesses to the accident report that the man suffered serious injuries from the equipment when it fell and he perished shortly thereafter. Although co-workers rushed to help him, the elevator in the high rise building does not yet operate to the 37th floor and the location is only accessible by stairs.
A man was seriously injured in Cape Canaveral, Florida on November 11th, while he was working as on a channel dredging barge. The man fell from a barge and was injured underwater by a pair of spinning propellers that caused him to lose one leg below the knee, as well as the foot on the other leg. The victim was able to cling to a rope and was rescued by fellow crew members. He was immediately taken to Holmes Regional Medical Center. His name has not been released, and the Coast Guard is investigating the incident.