Crane failure results in worker’s death

Published 8:33 am Friday, April 10, 2015

A 25-year-old contractor working on the Emergency Room expansion project at Our Lady of the Angeles Hospital was injured Thursday morning and later died of his injuries.

Stephen Sanford, from Ovett, Miss., and an employee of Sign Lite Sign Co. of Slidell, was injured when a crane apparently collapsed and hit him at approximately 9:23 a.m.

“Another contractor was unloading a pallet of cement. They were 42 bags of cement and weigh 80 pounds each. It appears bolts on the crane broke loose causing the crane to collapse, and it hit Sanford on the ground,” Bogalusa Police Chief Joe Culpepper said. “It was all very accidental.”

Culpepper said Sanford died from his injuries at approximately 3 p.m.

Our Lady of the Angels CEO/President Rene Ragas was visibly shaken by the ordeal.

“We did have an accident occur involving contractors who are working on a job installing a sign on our campus. One of the workers sustained serious injuries. In spite of the best efforts of the emergency personnel, he was unable to be saved,” Ragas said.

Ragas said the entire hospital family is grieving for Sanford.

“We are deeply sorry for the tragic loss of this young man’s life,” Ragas said.

“We extend our thoughts and prayers for comfort to his family, his co-workers and friends,” he added.