Solano County

Workers killed at Winters site ID’d

By From page A4 | June 02, 2014

WINTERS — The two workers who were killed Friday at a Winters construction site were trying to repair a crane with frayed cables when the cables holding their basket loosened and they plummeted 100 feet to the ground.

The Yolo County coroner identified the victims as Marcus Zane Powell, 25, of Redding, and Glenn Hodgson, 49, of Richmond. The Disney Construction workers were working on the new Winters Bridge over Putah Creek when they died.

The two workers fell on timbers covering a deep hole created for the footings of the new bridge, said Winters Fire Chief Aaron McAlister. Had they missed the footing support, they’d have fallen another 30 to 40 feet to the bottom of the hole that will contain the bridge footing.

Emergency crews were called to the site just before 7 a.m., McAlister said. Both men were pronounced dead at the scene.

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.

McNaughton Newspapers’ Daily Republic and Davis Enterprise staff contributed to this report. Reach Adrienne Harris at 427-6956 or [email protected] Follow her on Twitter at www.twitter.com/aharrisdr.

Adrienne Harris

Adrienne Harris

Adrienne joined the Daily Republic in September 2009. She earned her journalism degree at the University of Florida in 2005 and has worked at newspapers in Fort Pierce, Fla.; Las Cruces, N.M.; and El Paso, Texas.

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  • 2realJune 02, 2014 - 6:06 am


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  • BobJune 02, 2014 - 7:02 am

    Nice comment, 2 men lose their lives due to unsafe working conditions and that's what you comment. My guess is that this company wasn't using trained certified riggers, Union Ironworkers or Operators that take classes that train them to understand unsafe conditions before they start to work on them. When cables are replaced on a crane the crane is "boomed down" meaning the boom is laid on the ground and the cable is taken off the spool and new cable is spooled. Trying to cut corners causes problems. My experience? I was a rigger for 37 years starting in the North Sea in the 70's

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  • TomJune 02, 2014 - 7:55 am

    I agree with Bob. Safety training is of the utmost importance. My question is were they wearing required safety equipment. So sad for the families..

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  • MattJune 02, 2014 - 1:46 pm

    I wonder if they have it on tape would love to see it on YouTube

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  • 2realJune 02, 2014 - 7:30 pm

    Matt thats sick. But i bet it is.

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