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2 Workers Killed After Strong Winds Tip Over Lift in Delaware

Both men were around 120 feet off the ground inside a Z135 Man Lift when a strong wind caused their lift to tip over and become tangled in surrounding electrical wires as it fell to the ground. 

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Two workers who were installing antennas on a water tower in Delaware were killed after strong winds tipped over their lift, causing it to become tangled in electrical wires. 

The incident occurred Monday around 10:30 a.m. on 39602 Waterworks Court in Bethany Beach, Delaware. Two employees with the Velex Company, Jovan Maldonado, 23, and Bryan Maldonado Andino, 22, both of Puerto Rico, were installing antennas at the water tower of the Sussex Shores Water Company.

Both men were around 120 feet off the ground inside a Z135 Man Lift when a strong wind caused their lift to topple over and become tangled in surrounding electrical wires as it fell to the ground. 

Both men were pronounced dead at the scene.

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One southbound lane of Coastal Highway was closed for about four hours due to the accident. 

Both Delaware State Police and the Division of Forensic Science and US Occupational Safety & Health (OSHA) are investigating the incident. If you have any information, please call Detective P. Hailey at 302-752-3810 or email Kimberly.Haley@delaware.gov

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