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A construction worker, 46, was killed when a crane fell on him at a work site in Whitman County, according to Whitman County Sheriff’s Office.

The worker was helping to upload a section of the crane when the loading straps snapped and the piece fell on him, said Sheriff Brett Myers in a news release following the accident.

The worker was employed by ANR Craning of Lewiston. The company could not be reached for comment.

The accident is being investigated by the Washington Department of labor and Industries.

In 2007 there were 16 construction fatalities in Washington State. And in 2006, 87 Washington State workers were killed in work related injuries, according to the U.S. Department of Labor Statistics. #

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