Palm Coast, FL – Two men are dead after a construction accident in Palm Coast on Monday morning. The Flagler County Sheriff’s Office reported the accident happened at 8:26 a.m. When FCSO arrived on scene, they found the two men lost their lives when the equipment they were operating hit a power line.
Across the street from the accident, children and parents were across the street waiting for a school bus. One of the parents called 9-1-1 and stated that the power line was on one of the men as he lay on the ground. The witness told dispatch that a crane hit the powerline, bringing it down on the man.
The witness originally told dispatch there was one victim and that it looked like he was still holding the controls to move the crane. The workers on the scene let the witness know that there was another man on the ground on the other side of the crane and that he was also not moving.
The men have been identified as Richard Hockaday, 37, and Gerald Anderson, 39. Both men were employed by Nomad Pumping LLC, a subcontractor hired to pump concrete for the home construction at Sebastian Court.
Power in the neighborhood was shut down by Florida Power and Light until the area was determined safe for first responders. “This is a tragic accident,” Sheriff Staly said. “Although there is no foul play suspected, the scene will be processed and investigated and turned over to OSHA. We extended our condolences to the families.”
The federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has begun their own separate investigation.