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Worker Injured in Lighthouse Point Crane Collapse

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LIGHTHOUSE POINT, Fla. — A worker helping shore up a seawall in Lighthouse Point was critically injured Tuesday afternoon when a crane collapsed, pinning his legs to the ground, rescue officials and witnesses said.

The crane was at the edge of a canal leading to the Intracoastal Waterway, having excavated piles of concrete and wood for a seawall and dock project at the Lighthouse Point Plaza condo development, neighbors said. The crew has been on site working at the water’s edge for a few days.

Lighthouse Point Police said the accident occurred around 2:45 p.m. When police and rescue workers arrived, the construction worker had already been freed by co-workers and was lying alongside the canal. Police said he had injuries to his legs and arms. The worker was taken to North Broward Medical Center with multiple, serious injuries.

Police did not release the victim’s name. The federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration is investigating.

“It was loud. It almost sounded like at first rattling, then boom,” said Rose Santoro, a resident at Lighthouse Point Plaza, at 4500 North Federal Highway, for 30 years.

And then came a holler and a sudden silence. Santoro and a friend were in Santoro’s condo and hurried to the patio overlooking the canal where they saw the crane’s basket in the water.

Staff writer Rafael Olmeda contributed to this report.