Crane Accidents

Worker Killed in Crane Accident

10/9/00

Port Richey, Florida

According to witnesses, Mark J. Holcomb, went to duck under a hoisted beam to get a different vantage point when the counterweight on the crane broke off. The beam then dropped, striking Holcomb.  Holcomb worked for Charles Evans, a subcontractor on the home being built by Lexington Homes in the Harbour Pointe area of Port Richey. A representative for Charles Evans at the job site did not want to comment but said he felt bad for Holcomb’s family.


(ran PW, PS editions of Pasco Times)

A Brooksville man dies when part of a crane breaks and drops a 2,000-pound beam on him

A Brooksville man was killed Monday morning when part of a crane broke and dropped a beam on him, officials said.

Mark J. Holcomb, 30, 12051 Peaceful Ave., was helping guide a 2,000-pound beam into place at a house under construction in Harbour Pointe at about 9:30 a.m. Monday. The beam, made of wood and metal, was the last of five to be put in place on the waterfront stilt home.

According to witnesses, Holcomb went to duck under the beam to get a different vantage point when the counterbalance on the crane used to stabilize the beam broke off. The beam then dropped, striking Holcomb.

“It would have been a pretty sudden drop,” said Port Richey building official Bill Sanders. “No time for him to get out of the way. He wouldn’t have known it was coming.”

Port Richey Police Lt. Bill Sager said other workers at the job site pulled Holcomb from the elevated first floor and tried to perform CPR while paramedics were called.

Sager said Holcomb was pronounced dead by paramedics at 9:44 a.m.

Holcomb worked for Charles Evans, a subcontractor on the home being built by Lexington Homes in the Harbour Pointe area of Port Richey. A representative for Charles Evans at the job site did not want to comment but said he felt bad for Holcomb’s family.

Charles Evans hired Brooksville Crane Service to move the beams for them. There was no answer at Brooksville Crane Service Monday afternoon.

Sager said that the federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration has been notified of the accident, but because of the Columbus Day holiday, no investigator came to the work site.

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