Crane Accidents

Federal Safety Investigators Look Into Deadly Crane Accident

12/1/11
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Atlanta, GA

Federal safety investigators are looking into what led to an accident in northeast Atlanta in which two workers fell to their deaths.

Authorities said the men died of trauma after the lift in which they were working fell to the ground at 525 Glen Iris Drive in northeast Atlanta on Thursday.

The men have been identified as Rigoberto Lopez, 29, of Marietta, GA, and Carlos Turner, 42, of Dallas, Georgia.

Atlanta police said the two men were working on the lift at about 1:15 p.m., painting and doing water sealing work at Amli Old 4th Ward Apartment Homes.

Atlanta Fire Department Battalion Chief David Rhodes said the men were 40 feet in the air when they began to rock the crane back and forth to try and free it from soft ground near the curb.

The crane tipped over, and both men fell to the concrete sidewalk below, authorities said.

One of the men was taken to Grady Memorial Hospital where he died in surgery, and the other man was taken to Atlanta Medical Center where he died.

Lopez and Turner worked for AGS Waterproofing.

OSHA, the Occupational Health and Safety Administration, is investigating the accident.

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