Solano County

2 die in fall from crane in Winters

By From page A1 | May 31, 2014

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A crane from a Dixon Fire Department engine is lowered over the scene of a fatal construction accident, as ground crews prepare the second of two bodies to be hoisted up and turned over to the Yolo County Coroner. (Debra DeAngelo/Winters Express)

WINTERS — Two workers helping to construct a new Winters Bridge were killed Friday morning after falling about 80 feet into the bed of Putah Creek.

They fell at about 7 a.m. in a basket that had been hoisted into the air by a crane. Investigators a few hours later had yet to determine the cause of the accident, Winters Fire Chief Aaron McAlister said.

The workers were part of a crew from Disney Construction of Burlingame, McAlister said. The Winters Police Department chaplain came to be with the two men’s 20 co-workers, he said.

The two workers fell on timbers covering a deep hole created for the footings of the new bridge, McAlister said. That created challenges to retrieving the bodies, he said.

The Winters Fire Department, Winters Police Department, Yolo County District Attorney’s Office and the California Division of Occupational Safety and Health sent officials to the accident scene, McAlister said.

Solano County is replacing the 1908 Winters Bridge at a cost of $12.5 million. Workers tore down the old bridge and installed a temporary bridge, allowing them to start creating the foundation system for the new bridge.

Reach Barry Eberling at 427-6929 or [email protected]

Barry Eberling

Barry Eberling

Barry Eberling has been a reporter with the Daily Republic since 1987. He covers Solano County government, transportation, growth and the environment. He received his bachelors of art degree from the University of California, Santa Barbara and his masters degree in journalism from the University of California, Berkeley.

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  • archieMay 31, 2014 - 6:26 am

    That obviously must of been a horrible scene,,,,,,, hard to even imagine. Get ready for the OSHA sh** storm that's coming Disney Construction.

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  • CD BrooksMay 31, 2014 - 6:33 am

    Wow, this is a tough one. RIP gentlemen. Condolences to family friends and coworkers.

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  • T.DonovanMay 31, 2014 - 9:30 am

    Did this kind of work for years...You go up in that basket and swing over the work site and get lowered down...The very last thing you worry about after your first hundred or so lifts...is the cable or it's connections snapping on you...But it's always in the back of your mind...God's Comfort to the families....

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