OSHA Proposes Hefty Fine For Safety Violations In UT Dallas Crane Collapse

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The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration cited the crane operator in the deadly tower crane collapse at the University of Texas at Dallas in July with six serious safety violations, proposing $29,400 in fines.
OSHA cited the operator, Harrison Hoist Inc. of Grand Prairie, in connection with the collapse that killed two workers on the Ricahrdson campus. The workers were trying to remove the top portion of the crane’s mast when it collapsed; causing them to fall more than 150 feet.

The company’s violations include:

– Failure to address the hazards associated with the effects of wind speed and weather on the equipment

– Failure to ensure that procedures for disassembling the tower crane prevented the collapse of any part of the equipment

– Failure to adequately support and stabilize all parts of the equipment

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