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Worker pinned and killed at job site in Pinellas Park

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Posted at 12:14 PM, Dec 28, 2017
and last updated 2017-12-28 18:25:20-05

PINELLAS PARK, Fla. — A man working on a renovation project was killed on the job.

According to Pinellas Park Police, the accident happened at a building located at 6651 102nd Ave. on Thursday morning.

Investigators said it appeared the man was operating a motorized piece of equipment when he became trapped between it and a door frame.

While operating a 14-foot Scissor Lift, 27-year-old Richard Collett was standing on top of the lift using a joystick type controller to move it out of the building.

He was trying to exit a double door entrance and trapped his head between the top of the lift rail and the door frame, causing severe trauma to his head.

Collett was an electrician apprentice and an employee of Sunrise Electric of Pinellas, LLC.

OSHA investigators were notified and responded to conduct their own investigation as is normal procedure for work related death investigations.  

The death of Mr. Collett appears to be an accident and an autopsy will be performed by the Pinellas County Medical Examiner's Office.