INGLESIDE, Texas (AP) - A man trapped for more than two hours in
the rubble of two collapsed cranes died later in the day at a
The incident began yesterday morning when multiple cranes were
working together to move a 20-ton metal structure in a fabrication
yard at Gulf Marine Fabricators, a company that makes drilling and
production platforms. The San Patricio County Sheriff's Department
says one of the booms broke loose, throwing the heavy load onto the
cab of a crane.
Emergency personnel waited at the scene while workers cut apart
the collapsed load and brought in other cranes to lift pieces and
free the worker, whom authorities did not identify.
The man was then taken by helicopter to a hospital, where he
died after more than three hours of surgery.
Two other workers were treated for minor injuries at the scene.
Company officials with Gulf Marine and its parent company,
Louisiana-based Gulf Island Fabrication, declined to comment or did
not respond to phone messages.
The U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety & Health
Administration is investigating the accident.