Worker remains in critical condition after lift crane tips over

Worker remains in critical condition after lift crane tips over
A worker suffered injuries when the lift crane he was aboard tipped over.

EUGENE, Ore. - A worker injured when the lift crane he was aboard tipped over and fell to the ground Friday remained in critical condition at a Portland hospital on Wednesday.

David Huynh, 31, of Gresham is hospitalized at Oregon Health & Science University.

Huynh was in the basket of the lift crane as part of a utility crew working at 49th Avenue and Willamette Street on Friday when the crane toppled to the ground around 6:20 p.m.

Lourie Morgan, a registered nurse who lives across Willamette on 49th Avenue, was the first person at the scene and helped assist the man until firefighters arrived.

"I heard this loud crash," she said Friday night. "I came outside, and he was laying face-down by that tree. He had blood coming out of his mouth."

Huynh was unresponsive when he was taken by ambulance to Sacred Heart Medical Center at River Bend, according the authorities at the scene.

He has since been transferred to OHSU.

Huynh was working for North American Power Line Construction Services, according to police. Reached by telephone, a company representative said they would have no comment while the Oregon Occupational Safety & Health Divison investigates.

Oregon OSHA said investigations can take up to 6 months but frequently take less time. A spokesperson said they are not able to release any information until the investigation is complete.

Accident investigators typically look at supervision, training and safety protocol; interview witnesses and employees; and investigate the scene and equipment involved, the spokesperson said.