The AP is reporting that St. Louis rescue crews are searching for a crane
operator who fell into the Mississippi River while working on a new bridge
at St. Louis. The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that the crane broke
Wednesday morning and fell over in the water. St. Louis Fire Department
rescue crews went to the scene. The worker’s life jacket was found,
but not the man.The worker was helping to build the new $640 million bridge.
As spring begins and the economy continues to strengthen, many construction
workers will be returning to work. Large projects and developments can
often lead to worker safety hazards or require working with dangerous
or defective equipment. In the above incident, not only was the worker
forced into a dangerous and unsafe situation, but he also fell victim
to a faulty product. It is incidents such as these that often times could
have been avoided if proper safety procedures were followed.