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Boom Truck Operator Killed

The morning of May 8, Felix Morales, of California, was loading a seine net onto M/V KAYLOR T in Seward, Alaska, when the Icicle Seafoods boom truck he was operating tipped over. Apparently, the boom overextended, the truck flipped sideways, and the crane boom pierced the deck of KAYLOR T. Mr. Morales fell from the crane cab to the deck of KAYLOR T, about 23 feet. He died of head injury.

Local fire departments and other workers stabilized the overturned boom truck before it could fall onto KAYLOR T as she lowered with the ebb tide.

Mr. Morales, 52, of California, was an experienced crane operator and had been traveling annually from California to Seward for 16 years to work. He was well known in the Seward fishing community. OSHA is investigating this industrial accident.

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