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A crane lays on its side and into the water at the Trucano Construction site on North Douglas on Friday. Its operator was killed in the accident.

Body of man killed in Thursday crane accident recovered

OSHA to investigate the scene

Posted: November 4, 2011 - 2:19pm  |  Updated: November 6, 2011 - 1:10am
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A second crane helped right the toppled crane on the barge on Friday.  Emily Russo Miller / Juneau Empire
Emily Russo Miller / Juneau Empire
A second crane helped right the toppled crane on the barge on Friday.

Efforts to retrieve the body of a man who died Thursday after being trapped inside a 25-ton crane have been completed.

Capital City Fire and Rescue crews stated in a release they retrieved the body by 2:40 p.m. on Friday. He has been identified by the Juneau Police Department as Boyd Cody, 75.

“Several local contractors using heavy equipment were able to move the crane without incident to allow the recovery,” the statement read.

JPD and CCFR members later transferred the body to Alaska Memorial Park and Mortuary. It has since been sent to the State Medical Examiner’s Office in Anchorage, as is standard for accidental deaths.

Police received a report around 3 p.m. on Thursday a crane on a barge at the Trucano Construction site in North Douglas had toppled over. The man reportedly had tried jumping out of the machine, but was crushed.

The crane was half in the water and half on the barge, until a second crane helped right it to a standing position on Friday. Fire crews helped extract the body from the machine.

The Coast Guard also helped in the efforts by providing a response boat small to help monitor the precarious recovery and helped develop a site safety plan along with CCFR and JPD. The barge was slick with wet snow on Friday.

The cause of the accident has yet to be determined.

CCFR Fire Chief Richard Etheridge said in an interview Friday representatives from the federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration have indicated they would be investigating the scene. Etheridge also said the crane is likely to be dismantled soon and will be out of service.

• Contact reporter Emily Russo Miller at 523-2263 or at emily.miller@juneauempire.com.

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