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Us Dept. of labor Investigates 29-year-old worker’s drowning

September 29, 2023

Upper Keys Marine Construction LLC exposed workers to struck-by, entrapment hazards

KEY LARGO, FL – A 29-year-old employee of a Florida marine construction company drowned in five feet of water after being pinned under a fallen crane in March 2023. Federal workplace safety investigators determined the company could have prevented the fatality by following required safety standards.

Employees of Upper Keys Marine Construction LLC were installing a piling foundation for a residential boat lift when the crane tipped over and fell into the water. The employee, who was inappropriately tasked to ride the load of the crane, became pinned under the crane’s hammer and drowned.

The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration found the company violated federal safety standards when they:


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