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Crane operator cited in workplace electrocution

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The U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration said Thursday it cited a Melbourne, Florida-based crane rental company after a worker was electrocuted in August 2023.

OSHA cited Capt’n Hook’s Crane Service Inc. following the worker fatality at a Palm Bay residential construction project. The individual died after contacting two 13,200-volt power lines while suspended from the crane boom.

Capt’n Hook was cited for three serious violations for using an uncertified crane operator and operating a hydraulic crane within 200 feet of overhead power lines.

The citation also contains two other-than-serious violations for not labeling and marking rigging equipment and failing to ensure the legibility of warning labels on the crane.

OSHA proposed $26,585 in penalties.

Capt’n Hook has 15 business days to contest the citation and proposed penalties.