OSHA fines construction firms for alleged role in crane collapse

09/16/2008 | Houston Chronicle (tiered subscription model)

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration has fined three construction firms for alleged safety violations that may have contributed to the collapse of a crane in New York. OSHA charged the companies with failure to properly train their employees about job-site hazards. A city inspector was also charged with falsely claiming he had inspected the crane. "Ultimately, the crane collapse was a failure to follow basic, but essential, construction safety processes," said Richard Mendelson, area director of OSHA.

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