Worker Dies in Washington Co. Crane Accident

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. (KNWA) - A West Fork man has died after being injured in an on-the-job crane accident.

The Washington County Sheriff's Office (WCSO) says Clarence "Cory" Hale, 48, was struck around 3:45 p.m. Thursday when a piece of the crane (25 ft. long) fell, pinning him to the ground. He was taken to Washington Regional Medical Center where he died from his injuries.

The scene of the accident was 17614 Clearwater Rd. in the Wheeler community. 

The WCSO says Hale was part of a crew with Multi-Craft Contractors who were in the process of setting up a large crane to work on a tower. 

The crane was set and leveled and they were in the process of putting the boom together when a part fell and struck Hale. 

The company says Hale's coworkers are devastated by the loss.

Insurers are working with the employees to maintain their safety, according to the company.


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