Crane Accident Kills One, Injuries Another in Houma

November 17, 2009

Crane Accident Kills One, Injuries Another in Houma

HOUMA – On November 17, 2009, Tuesday afternoon at 1:10 p.m. the Terrebonne Parish Sheriff’s Office received a 911 call in reference to an industrial accident that occurred at Elevated Boats Inc. 302 Dean Court Houma.

The Terrebonne Parish Sheriff’s Office, Terrebonne Parish (O.E.P), Houma Police Department, Houma Fire Department, Grand Caillou Fire Department and Acadian Ambulance Service responded to this accident.

Detectives received information that the crane operator and one of the employees who was inside of the fabrication shop, when the accident occurred, were the only serious injuries reported during this industrial accident.

The crane operator was operating a 400 ton fixed land crane with a 200 ft. boom. The operator was in the process of picking up a 30 ton certified weight from an 18-wheeler flat bed truck. Then, as the weight was being placed on the ground next to the fabrication shop the boom of the crane crashed down into the building trapping one person inside of the building, the fire department and Acadian Ambulance Service removed him.

Acadian Ambulance transported one of the victims to the Leonard Chabert Medical Center and the other to Terrebonne General Medical Center

At this time there are two employees who are reported to have serious injuries. Heath Perkins age 30 and Larry Naquin, age 60, who are both residents of Terrebonne Parish.

At 2:44 p.m. Heath Perkins was pronounced deceased at the Leonard Chabert Medical Center.

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