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Fatal crane accident in Texas nets company citations

OSHAA crane collapse in Dallas that killed two workers has resulted in citations for a half dozen safety violations against Harrison Hoist, Inc.

OSHA cited the Grand Prairie company following a tower crane collapse in July at the University of Texas at Dallas' Richardson campus. The workers who died were trying to remove the top portion of the crane's mast when it collapsed; causing them to fall more than 150 feet.

The violations include the company's failure to address the hazards associated with the effects of wind speed and weather on the equipment, ensure that procedures for disassembling the tower crane prevented the collapse of any part of the equipment, adequately support and stabilize all parts of the equipment, ensure that disassembly procedures positioned workers to minimize their exposure to unintended movement or collapse, ensure that disassembly procedures were developed by a qualified person, and train each competent person and each qualified person regarding the requirements of 29 Code of Federal Regulations 1926 Subpart CC "Cranes and Derricks in Construction" that are applicable to their respective roles.

"It is imperative for employers to have procedures in place, train workers and otherwise adhere to safe work practices regarding crane use in order to protect workers who disassemble cranes," said Stephen Boyd, OSHA's Dallas Area Office director.

Proposed penalties total $29,400.

More information on crane safety is available on OSHA's website at http://www.osha.gov/SLTC/cranehoistsafety/index.html.

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