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Worker Killed at Port Tampa Bay in Accident

For Immediate Release : Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office
Release Number: 22-156



A construction worker is dead after a workplace accident sent him to the hospital.

On Wednesday, November 16, 2022, Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office deputies along with Port Security responded to the scene of an accident at Port Tampa Bay at approximately 11:07 a.m. A person working at the port was helping clear the way for a forklift to transfer two bundles of lumber, weighing 3,000 lbs a piece. At one point, when the forklift operator hit the brakes, the two bundles rolled forward and off the fork. The first bundle clipped the worker, while the second bundle of lumber rolled over and crushed him. He was taken to Tampa General hospital, where he was pronounced dead. 

OSHA is currently investigating. Any questions regarding this incident should be directed to the OSHA Washington D.C. office at (202) 693-4676.