ORANGE COUNTY, Fla. — A worker was seriously injured Oct. 19 when a crane fell on the 10-story AdventHealth parking garage in Orlando.
The man, who has not been identified, was transported to Orlando Regional Medical Center with traumatic injuries and is in stable condition, according to a local news report. One other person was injured but refused treatment at the scene.
Authorities with the Orlando Fire District said the accident is under investigation and the cause is not yet known.
The parking lot for the AdventHealth campus was under construction at the time of the accident and is scheduled to open in 2022. Engineers are evaluating whether the facility is structurally sound.
COMMENTARY ON WORKPLACE ACCIDENTS
News of a crane this large collapsing at a work site—or any piece of heavy equipment for that matter—is frightening and generally has catastrophic results. I am encouraged to learn that no fatality was involved and that the man who was injured is in stable condition.
Crane accidents are more common than we realize. Fatal accidents involving cranes average about 44 per year, with many more mishaps occurring with non-fatal injuries, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Data shows that Florida is the third leading state for occupational crane fatalities, surpassed only by Texas and Illinois.
When learning of such an accident, one always wonders, “How did this happen?” “Was this operator error?” Or, “What was the condition of the equipment or of the workplace?” The answers to these questions cannot be ascertained from the details in the accident report. However, one thing is certain, a thorough investigation must take place to determine the cause of the accident and what measures must be taken to resolve all issues equitably for those concerned.
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