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Crane Operator Injured in Omaha Construction Accident

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A construction worker was injured when the 140,000 pound crane he was operating slipped into the Papio Creek. He was trapped inside of the cab for over an hour while rescue crews worked to get him out. The construction accident happened on Friday morning at the site on 67th and West Center Road.

Slippery pads on the crane may have contributed to it tipping over.

Papio Creek’s water will not be tainted from the accident, that’s the conclusion from the initial investigation.

“I don’t think it’s going to have much of an impact at all because everything seems to be contained within the crane itself as far as diesel and oil and stuff, nothing’s actually spilled out of it,” said Doug Fauble of Eco-Solutions.

Rescue workers needed to use the jaws of life in order to rescue the man. He is in a local hospital to be treated for hypothermia. His condition is listed as fair. The construction accident is being investigated by the local authorities and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA).

If you would like to read more about construction accidents, please visit InjuryBoard’s Workplace Injury Information page.