Coast Guard relieves cutter commander over fatal crane accident

A crew member from the Coast Guard buoy tender Hickory died when a crane flipped over at the buoy yard in Homer, Alaska, Jan. 31, 2019. Coast Guard photo

The Coast Guard has temporarily relieved the commander of the buoy tender Hickory, citing “leadership deficiencies” that contributed to a shore side crane accident that killed a crew member.

Chief Warrant Officer Michael Kozloski was struck by the Shuttlelift crane boom when the machine tipped over, as its operator attempted to move a pallet of buoy equipment Jan. 31, 2019 at the Hickory’s Homer, Alaska homeport.

The crane operator’s “judgement and decision making errors in attempting to execute...

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