Employee killed near wind farm construction site (Lincoln Journal Star)

A 40-year old crane operator died on May 26, 2015, when his crane tipped over on a Wanzek wind energy construction project.The Lincoln Journal Star reports:

The U.S. Department of Labor’s OSHA office in Omaha and the Antelope County Sheriff's office said they have opened investigations into the death Wednesday of a subcontractor worker on a road close to a wind farm construction site near Elgin.

Thomas L. Bales, 40, a crane operator from Denver, was pronounced dead at the scene of the accident, Antelope County Sheriff Bob Moore said in a news release.

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration, without identifying Bales, said he was employed by Tradesman International and was working for Wanzek Construction Inc., which is building the Prairie Breeze II Wind Energy Center near Elgin for Invenergy.

OSHA said initial reports indicated he was moving a 90-ton rough-terrain crane along a county road when the crane slipped into a ditch and overturned about 9:30 a.m. Tuesday morning.

An autopsy has been ordered by the Antelope County Attorney's office.

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