Worker transported after falling from crane in Hallandale Beach

HALLANDALE BEACH, FLA. (WSVN) - A man has been transported to the hospital after falling while inside a construction vehicle that was being hoisted up by a crane in Hallandale Beach.

Broward Sheriff Fire Rescue crews responded to the scene at an apartment building along the 1900 block of South Ocean Drive at around 10:30 a.m., Friday.

“They got some guy inside the Bobcat to try and put it in, and the whole Bobcat and everything came down with the man in it,” said witness Kim Wedel, who lives next door to the building.

Rescue officials said the worker was inside a Bobcat being brought up by a crane to the fifth floor of the building when the equipment dropped approximately 50 feet.

Witnesses said the person who was operating the machinery climbed into it while it was hovering near the fifth-floor balcony.

“Big bang! Big crash!” Wedel said. “I couldn’t believe it. I couldn’t believe they’re trying to do something like that. That’s something you see on ‘The Weirdest Videos.'”

Officials said the victim only sustained minor injuries and is expected to be OK.

The victim was transported to Aventura Hospital for further evaluation.

“I’m glad he’s all right,” another witness said. “That’s amazing!”

The worker is said to be part of a demolition crew working to tearing down a building.

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration has been notified of the incident and will investigate the incident.

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