A 58-year-old St. Augustine man died in a construction accident while working at the Jacksonville Port Authority on Saturday, January 23 when a portable industrial crane collapsed around noon, killing the man. The crane had been brought in so workers could dismantle an old container crane on the docks.
First Coast News reports that the old crane collapse caused heavy pieces to fall on his cab trapping the worker. He was pronounced dead at the scene. The man killed worked for the contractor brought in to do the job and was not a Port employee, according to a story in The Florida Times-Union.
Our condolences go out to all of the man’s friends and family members
As is customary, the federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) will be brought in to investigate this workplace death. OSHA issued its final rules on cranes and derricks in construction after a similar crane accident killed a 21-year-old in February 2009.
This story says nothing about the company that brought in the mobile crane that collapsed. It also fails to mention what safety precautions the outside contractor provided the man that might have saved his life. However, the article in First Coast News says the victim complained to his family members that the crane was shaky and incapable of handling heavy loads. “He felt that they had no concern about safety, his safety or anyone’s safety,” said the son. The deceased man had started working last Thursday as an outside contractor at JaxPort. Hired for 4 weeks, he had decided to make the day he died his last day because of safety concerns, says his family.
An employer is obligated to keep their workers safe and to provide adequate training, working machinery, and safety equipment to that end. A failure to do so could result in a wrongful death lawsuit and the Jacksonville Port Authority could also be liable if an investigation finds it did not insist on the highest safety standards be used on its premises.
The family of the deceased man would be well-advised to ask for the help of an experienced Jacksonville personal injury attorney to begin the investigation while the evidence is still available and fresh in everyone’s mind. The at-fault parties could be held liable for this death and the family members could seek compensation for the loss of their loved one, as well as a lifetime of wages and other compensation.
Category: Accident Report