Crane collapse deaths prove costly for contractor
The settlements by Fru-Con were made public earlier this month in response to a request by the Blade under the Ohio Public Records Act. The settlement of the fourth victim has not been disclosed.
The settlements were among the costs that have been paid by Fru-Con in connection with the Feb. 16, 2004, collapse of the truss crane, which resulted in the four deaths as well as injuries to four other workers.
The crane collapsed while oving into position over a future bridge curve. OSHA later faulted Fru-Con for failing to secure the crane adequately.
Fru-Con, a Ballwin, Mo.-based contractor, eventually agreed to pay a $280,000 fine to the agency if it changed its classification of violations related to the accident from "willful" to "unclassified."
A criminal investigation into the accident is being conducted by Toledo police and the Lucas County prosecutor's office to determine whether any charges could be filed against a company or against individuals.