1 Dead, 1 Injured From Crane Collapse At Florida Construction Site

DOHA, QATAR - OCTOBER 24: A crane at a construction site stands among new highrise office buildings and hotels under construction in the new City Center and West Bay district on October 24, 2010 in Doha, Qatar. The International Monetary Fund (IMF) recently reiterated its projection for the Qatari economy with predictions of double digit growth for 2010 and 2011. Though natural gas and petroleum production are still the biggest two single sources of income, the non-energy sector overtook oil and gas in Qatari GDP for 2009. Qatar is heavily dependant on foreign labour from countries such as India, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, the Phillipines and other Arab countries. Foreigners make up approximately two thirds of the Qatari population. (Photo by Sean Gallup/Getty Images)
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OAN’s Elizabeth Volberding
3:40 PM – Wednesday, October 4, 2023

A crane collapse at a construction site in Orange County, Florida, has left one person dead and another with minor injuries, according to the Orange County Sheriff’s Office.


On Tuesday afternoon, nearly 50 gallons of hydraulic fluid spilled out of a crane on a construction site in Hunters Creek, Florida, and collapsed onto two construction workers at the site.

The two construction workers were transported to the hospital after the crane toppled onto them.

One of the workers was later announced dead at the hospital and the other worker suffered minor injuries, according to the Orange County Sheriff’s Office.

The crane collapsed onto an embankment near an apartment complex, however, no residents were injured.

The crane was being utilized by the Hubbard Construction Company and its subcontractor, Adcock Cranes, for a noise wall installation and capacity improvement project.

“A crane at a construction site overturned and fell down an embankment,” authorities said. “One person was transported to the hospital, where they later died.”

The accident occurred near Heather Moss Drive located around State Road 417 and John Young Parkway.

“Honestly, just seeing this, it’s kinda crazy,” a resident explained in an interview with FOX 35 Tuesday evening. “One wrong misstep in the wrong direction someone here could have gotten hurt, who knows? All it takes is one bad mishap for something bad to happen.” 

According to a post on social media from the Orange County Fire and Rescue, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) will be administering an investigation for the industrial accident and what caused it to collapse.

This is not the first incident involving the Hubbard Construction Company.

In March, OSHA issued the construction company over $15,000 worth of fines due to a construction worker’s death. A 22-year-old was killed at one of the sites along State Route 429 when he was run over by a truck. As a result, OSHA issued the construction company a “serious penalty,” which amounted to a total of $15,625.

Tuesday’s tragedy is currently under investigation.

This is a developing story. Check back for updates.

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