Man dies after getting trapped by equipment while remodeling Pinellas Park building

PINELLAS PARK, Fla. (WFLA) – A man died after getting trapped by a piece of equipment while rennovating a building in Pinellas Park Thursday morning.

Police and fire responded to a report of an industrial accident on 102nd Avenue North just after 10 a.m.

According to Pinellas Park police, Richard Collett, 27, of Dunedin, was operating a 14-foot scissor lift as part of a building renovation project.

Prior to his death, Collett was standing on top of the scissor lift, using a joystick-type controller to move the lift out of the building.

Collett tried to exit a double door and trapped his head between the top of the lift and the door frame, which caused severe trauma to his head.

He was located by a co-worker injured and unresponsive.

Paramedics responded and Collett was pronounced dead at the scene.

Collett was an employee of Sunrise Electric of Pinellas, LLC. The company was performing sub-contractor work for Down Under Construction Services.

OSHA investigators responded to conduct their own investigation, as is normal procedure.

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