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Worker killed while installing lift at marina

January 30, 2019

SHALIMAR, Fla. (AP) — Officials say a worker was fatally struck in the head with a beam at a Florida marina.

The Northwest Florida Daily News reports that 37-year-old Timothy Hassenplug died Tuesday shortly after being rushed to a Fort Walton Beach hospital.

Two Georges Marina owners say Hassenplug was acting as a spotter for Palm Beach Lift Techs during the installation of a new marine travel lift outside the dry dock facility. A forklift operator was moving a portion of the lift into place when his load shifted, trapping Hassenplug between a beam and a boat. Hassenplug pushed off the beam to create space, and it swung back and hit him in the head.

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration says it will investigate.

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Information from: Northwest Florida Daily News (Fort Walton Beach, Fla.), http://www.nwfdailynews.com

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