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31.08.2010

Fatal crane accident in Oklahoma

We have been sent basic details on a fatal crane accident last night at the Chesapeake Energy Corporation’s campus in Oklahoma City, after something fell from the crane.

We have very little detail, but can say a 42 year old man, Michael Parsons, was killed and another injured as they were storing the crane for the night. Police reports say that “something fell from the crane and landed on the two men”

The crane, a mid sized telescopic, is owned by local company Rent-A-Crane and was rigged with a hydraulically offsetable swingaway extension.
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The crane involved in the accident


The crane and was working for Silvercliffe Construction of Edmond, Oklahoma and we know now that the two men were in fact employees of Rent-A-Crane.

That’s all we know, OSHA is expected to arrive on site later today and take over the investigation.

Rent-A-Crane president Gary Rohlmeier issued a statement in which he said that the company would release details about the accident as the investigation unfolds.
"Our hearts and deepest sympathies are with Michael’s family at this time. Our prayers are also with our other injured co-worker and his family.”

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