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Crane Operator Faces Manslaughter Charges After Workers Die in Fall

Jan. 6, 2017, 8:20 PM

A crane operator faces involuntary manslaughter charges in the 2014 deaths of two workers—one of whom was his son—who fell 80 feet from a crane-hoisted platform at a bridge construction site in California.

Mark Robert Powell, who was operating the crane in May 2014, was charged with two counts of involuntary manslaughter on Dec. 19. He is also accused of two felony counts of violating occupational safety and health standards causing death, according to a criminal information filed with the court.

The incident led to the deaths of Disney Construction Inc. workers Marcus Powell and Glenn Hodgson, who were hoisted ...