PINELLAS PARK, Fla. — A man working on a renovation project was killed on the job.
According to Pinellas Park Police, the accident happened at a building located at 6651 102nd Ave. on Thursday morning.
Investigators said it appeared the man was operating a motorized piece of equipment when he became trapped between it and a door frame.
While operating a 14-foot Scissor Lift, 27-year-old Richard Collett was standing on top of the lift using a joystick type controller to move it out of the building.
He was trying to exit a double door entrance and trapped his head between the top of the lift rail and the door frame, causing severe trauma to his head.
Collett was an electrician apprentice and an employee of Sunrise Electric of Pinellas, LLC.
OSHA investigators were notified and responded to conduct their own investigation as is normal procedure for work related death investigations.
The death of Mr. Collett appears to be an accident and an autopsy will be performed by the Pinellas County Medical Examiner's Office.
PINELLAS PARK, Fla. --
The Pinellas Park Police responded to the death of a worker Thursday morning
According to police, an electrician apprentice was pinned between a piece of motorized equipment and a door frame around 10 a.m.
The worker has been identified as 27-year-old Richard Louis Collett of Dunedin. Collett was moving a fourteen-foot scissor lift out of the exit of a building when his head was trapped between the lift rail and the door frame, reportedly causing trauma to his head.
Collett was discovered unresponsive by a coworker and he was pronounced dead at the scene at the arrival of paramedics. He was helping to provide renovations to an abandoned building.
Collett worked for Sunrise Electric of Pinellas and was doing sub-contractor work for Down Under Construction Services at the time of the incident.
The incident appears to be accidental and a further autopsy will be performed by the Pinellas County Medical Examiner, as well as a separate investigation by OSHA.
PINELLAS PARK, Fla. (WFLA) – A man died after getting trapped by a piece of equipment while rennovating a building in Pinellas Park Thursday morning.
Police and fire responded to a report of an industrial accident on 102nd Avenue North just after 10 a.m.
According to Pinellas Park police, Richard Collett, 27, of Dunedin, was operating a 14-foot scissor lift as part of a building renovation project.
Prior to his death, Collett was standing on top of the scissor lift, using a joystick-type controller to move the lift out of the building.
Collett tried to exit a double door and trapped his head between the top of the lift and the door frame, which caused severe trauma to his head.
He was located by a co-worker injured and unresponsive.
Paramedics responded and Collett was pronounced dead at the scene.
Collett was an employee of Sunrise Electric of Pinellas, LLC. The company was performing sub-contractor work for Down Under Construction Services.
OSHA investigators responded to conduct their own investigation, as is normal procedure.