Crane Accidents

Lack of Harness Leads to Fatality


Ocala, Florida

A man died on Wednesday in Ocala, Florida after he was bounced out of a ‘bucket truck’ truck mounted platform.

Jeffrey Earl Phillips, 42, was working from the platform trimming a tree at a church in the town. He had apparently attached a partially cut tree limb to the platform with a rope and was attempting to pull it free, when the rope broke causing a major catapult effect which ejected him from the basket at a height of around 15 meters.

According to local police reports he was taken to hospital and pronounced dead on arrival.

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