A crane collapse this afternoon at a Houma business left a 30-year-old worker dead and another in critical condition, according to the Terrebonne Sheriff’s Office.
Heath Perkins, of Montegut, was pronounced dead at 2:44 p.m. at Leonard Chabert Medical Center. He was working inside the welding shop at Elevating Boats, 201 Dean Court, off Industrial Boulevard, about 1:30 p.m. when the crane came crashing into the building.
The crane’s operator, Larry Naquin, 60, of Bourg, was critically injured. Authorities said the crane, which was fixed to a 7-foot tall base, detached from its pedestal as it lifted a 30-ton weight from flatbed truck.
A worker who was on site when the incident occurred said the crane fell on a welding shop where workers make components for boats. The weight was being moved from a dock area to the shop location. The crane, the worker said, had a 200-ton capacity.
The worker said that the sound was “like a wave, a roar, until it finally came all the way down.”
As many as 40 workers evacuated the building after the collapse occurred. The business manufactures boats and other equipment for the offshore oil industry.
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