Crane accident causes construction site stand-downs throughout Washington State
The day after a crane accident on a bridge injured several people on a bus, the Washington State Department of Transportation ordered safety "stand-downs" at all their construction sites statewide, according to Seattle TV station KING5.
A safety stand-down typically happens after any accident on a construction project. Operations stop on a project for all shifts so workers can review safety protocols.
WSDOT will have all projects statewide hold safety stand-downs. WSDOT engineers will walk through all job sites to take a look at the contractors' safety documentation. And there will be another set of eyes on weekly safety meetings between WSDOT and contractors to make sure they talk about safety and potential hazards.
The state contractor, Flatiron Construction, hired for the State Route 520 West Approach Bridge Project, suspended all work on the temporary bridge at the site.
Construction was halted for an investigation after alarge pipe fell from a crane, collided with a Metro busand sent an overpass sign crashing down. Eight people on the bus were injured.