July 5, 2012
A construction accident has left one man dead and another worker seriously injured. According to The Northwestern, the accident happened on the Butte Des Morts Bridge along US 41 at around 9:00 a.m. this morning.
Reports indicate that the operator of a crane was working to lift a large steel beam, when the crane collapsed and tumbled down onto a construction zone that had been established on the bridge. The crane landed on top of a 35-year-old Green Bay man who was working for one of the subcontractors assigned to the project. The impact killed him instantly. The crane operator was severely injured and was taken to a local hospital for treatment. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has been contacted to conduct an investigation to determine what, if anything, could have prevented this tragedy.
This is not the first accident associated with renovations being done along the highway. In late April, a 58-year-old worker was killed while unloading equipment and materials from a similar crane. OSHA says a final report on the causes of the accident will be released in October.
The Appleton personal injury lawyers with Sigman, Janssen, Sewall, Pitz & Burkham understand how devastating the loss of a loved one from a Wisconsin personal injury can be. That is why the firm would like to send their deepest condolences to the friends and family of the worker who died in this tragic accident.