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Florida Crane Rental Company Fined after Worker Killed in Tragic Worksite Electrocution Accident


The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has levied fines against a Florida crane company after the company’s employee was killed in a horrific electrocution accident on a worksite. According to Occupational Health & Safety online, the OSHA fines stem from a workplace accident that occurred in August, 2023. The worker is said to have been a 34-year-old crane operator who was operating a crane at a worksite in August, 2023, when the crane’s boom (the extended arm that was, at the time, lifting metal frames for roofing) hit power lines. The high-voltage power lines caused the crane operator to be electrocuted, and he died as a result. According to reports, the electrocution accident was so severe that the crane operator died immediately at the worksite. The crane operator who horrifically lost his life in the accident was not certified to be a crane operator.

Capt’n Hook’s Crane Service, the employer of the crane operator who lost his life, was assessed $26,585 in health and safety fines by OSHA in February, 2024. The violations include Capt’n Hook’s Crane Service’s failure to ensure that the crane was not operated near power lines and was on a stable foundation for operation, and also for employing an uncertified crane operator. OSHA Area Office Director Erin Sanchez said of the accident, “Fatal accidents in construction often occur because of the employer’s failure to follow basic safety protocols and industry-standard regulations. In this case, Capt’n Hook’s Crane Service cut corners and made the conscious choice to send an uncertified crane operator to a job site. That decision led to this worker losing their life.”

Injured Workers’ Rights in Decatur, Georgia

Unfortunately, accidents in the construction industry are not all-too rare, and construction workers are at risk of being injured on the job virtually every day that they step foot on a worksite. Fortunately, in Decatur, most workers, including construction workers and other workers, may be entitled to important Georgia workers’ compensation benefits if they are injured on the job to the extent that they are unable to work. These important money benefits include things like wage replacement compensation, medical expense reimbursement for treatment of the workplace injury, vocation training, and more. In order to determine whether you may have a case for worker’s compensation benefits in Decatur, it is, of course, best to speak with an experienced Decatur workers’ compensation lawyer about your unique case and the next steps as soon as possible after a workplace accident occurs.

A Law Firm that Helps Injured Workers in Decatur

The experienced Decatur workers’ compensation lawyers at the O’Connell Law Firm offer a free and confidential consultation to learn about your workplace accident case and to see if they can help you get Decatur workers’ compensation benefits due. If you were injured at work in Decatur, contact the experienced Decatur workers’ compensation lawyers at the O’Connell Law Firm and learn about your rights and options for free.

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