Death at JAXPORT Talleyrand Marine Terminal – Cranes Kills Crane Operator – Anthony F. Roberts

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At approximately noon on Saturday, January 22, 2011, a crawler construction crane that was being operated by an independent contractor to remove another crane from a dock inside the JAXPORT Talleyrand Marine Terminal in Jacksonville, Florida topple-over killing the independent contractor. The man was identified by the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office as Anthony F. Roberts. According to police, pieces of the crane Roberts was removing for scraps toppled over and crashed onto the cab of the crane he was operating. Roberts was pronounced dead at the scene. According to the news report released subsequent to the work related / industrial accident, spokeswoman for JAXPORT, Nancy Rubin, said she did not know any information about the victim except that he was not an employee of the port. According to Rubin, the port has sold the old crane to another company, which in turn hired a contractor to operate the another crane to dismantle the old crane. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration is investigating the incident. To read more on this incident see Worker dies after crane topples over him at JAXPORT.
The death of this man is a tragedy for his family and community. Hopefully, the investigation conducted by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration will reveal whether or not guidelines were followed and standards were met.

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