Crane Accidents

3 Construction Firms Fined in Crane Accident

03/22/01

Fort Worth, Texas

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Federal safety officials have levied $11,250 in fines against three construction firms involved in an October construction accident downtown that left one worker critically injured.

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration in Fort Worth cited the firms for seven “serious” safety violations, in which workers were placed in working conditions with a substantial probability of injury or death.

BVE Precision Concrete, Tri-County Concrete Cutting and Double Eagle Foundation Drilling, all of Fort Worth, each have 15 days from the receipt of the citations to appeal the fines.

Dean Wingo, Fort Worth OSHA area director, said the citations, which are less severe than “willfull” violations, were based on the companies’ apparent lack of safety training and guidelines for employees.

“It was just lack of sophistication in terms of exposure, experience and knowledge” of OSHA construction site safety regulations, Wingo said.

A crane operated by Double Eagle collapsed onto a parked dump truck when it was attempting to lift a section of concrete near the intersection of Houston and Fifth streets, according to the OSHA report. Outriggers used to balance the crane during operation were not fully extended and locked as required, Wingo said.

A 35-year-old employee of Tri-County standing on the cab shield of the truck was catapulted to the sidewalk when the crane hit the vehicle, according to the OSHA report. The injured worker was hospitalized at Harris Methodist Fort Worth.

BVE received a serious citation for exposing employees to work site construction site hazards and vehicle traffic, because the company’s work permit was limited to sidewalk work only. Tri-County was given its serious citation for failing to train employees about the hazards of standing on vehicles during loading activities.

Double Eagle received five serious citations for failure to plan for work zone traffic control along with training, inspection and use of the crane.

Officials with BVE and Tri- County could not be reached to comment on the report, although a BVE spokeswoman said the company will not appeal the OSHA fine. Double Eagle Vice President Johnny Bean said the company had not decided whether to appeal.

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