A construction worker was killed in a horrifying accident in Bradenton. Dozens desperately worked to save the man’s life, but it was too late.
Bradenton police say at around 9:30 a.m. Thursday, a crane, which weighs more than a ton, snapped and fell, pinning 47-year-old construction worker Chadwick Brown.
“Heard something, something hit the dock…Didn’t really know what it was, couldn’t really tell for a little bit then we saw the crane arm that was jumbled up,” said witness Zach Troyer.
“Several of my officers were standing in the parking lot when they heard a tremendous sound,” said Bradenton Police Chief Melanie Bevan
The accident was near the police department. A group of officers joined in and in all about 50 people attempted to lift the crane.
“A few minutes later we started hearing sirens and people really started moving around and we started to realize that something really wasn’t quite right,” said Troyer.
They acted immediately and sprinted nearly 250 yards trying to reach the area as quickly as possible,” said Chief Bevan.
After the crane was lifted, Brown fell into the water. He was rescued and CPR was attempted.
“Everyone quickly pulled together to do all they could but it was too late at that point,” said Chief Bevan.
Brown is from Pinellas County and worked for Speeler and Associates, based out of Largo.
The contractor had been hired by the city for this project.
Police and OSHA are investigating the cause of the horrifying accident.
“It’s the holiday and this person has a family,” said Bevan.
“They went to work today like any other day and they weren’t able to go home today,” said Troyer.
Speeler and Associates did not wish to comment at this time.
Twin Dolphin Marina owner Hugh Miller released a statement:
“We are deeply saddened by the tragic loss of an endeared employee of the general contractor working on the Twin Dolphin Marina Construction Project. Our hearts and prayers go out to the family, co-workers and friends.”