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2 men electrocuted at Flagler County home construction site

Crane touches high-voltage line, killing 2 workers

PALM COAST, Fla. – Two men were killed Monday morning when a crane touched a high-voltage line at a new home construction site in Palm Coast, authorities said.

The Flagler County Sheriff's Office identified the men as Richard Hockaday, 37, and Gerald Anderson, 39.

The incident was reported about 8:40 a.m. at Sebastian Court and Selma Trail in Palm Coast.

Authorities said part of the crane the men were working on struck a power line and they were electrocuted. Martha Fernandez, who lives across the street, said she heard an explosion Monday morning and saw the men on the ground from her window.

“One of the workers was holding the tattered remote control for the boom, and he died probably immediately,” Sheriff Rick Staly said. “The other worker was cleaning out the leftover concrete and was touching the truck and also died almost immediately.”

Staly said the men, who were both from Flagler County, were found on either side of the truck.

The men worked for Nomad Management Services LLC, which is constructing a new home at the site. Staly said five other workers were also on the site about 40 feet away working on the slab. They were all OK. 

Editor's note: News4Jax's original report contained the Occupational Safety and Health Administration record of a different company using the Nomad LLC name. The company involved in the Palm Coast accident has been in business for about four years and never been fined by OSHA. News4Jax regrets the error.