OSHA Cites Two Firms in Crane Fatality

April 29, 2024
All terrain crane was installing sound barriers.

Editors note: This article has been updated with OSHA's citations. The accident occurred in October 2023.

Adcock Cranes, Plant City, Florida, and Concrete Impressions of Florida, Tampa, Florida, have been cited by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration in the fatal accident that claimed the life of a 37-year-old worker in October 2023. The two companies have been fined $16,131 and $4,839, respectively.

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Acccording to OSHA, the Concrete Impressions’ operator was working in an aerial lift as a 10,700-pound panel was being lifted into place by an Adcock Cranes employee. During the process, an outrigger gave way and tipped the 110 Liebherr crane toward a slope, which struck the employee on a lift in the crane’s swing radius.

Adcock was cited for one "serious" violation by not ensuring ground conditions were firm, drained and graded to a sufficient extent to provide adequate support when it used the all terrain crane.

Concrete Impressions was given two citations. A "serious" violation was given because employees used ladders for purposes other than what they were designed to do when they disassembled extension ladders to reach and rig concrete sound barrier panels. The company was cited for an "other-than-serious" violation for failing to having records of inspection of the chain sling used in the lift.

An all terrain crane installing sound barriers along a highway tipped over, falling into a residential area. One worker was killed and another was injured, according to a report on WFTV.

Video from the scene showed the crane’s boom lying across a fence and resting in a residential parking lot. The stabilizers appeared to have been deployed. No one in the residential area was injured, and  a car was damaged.

The crane also damaged a Genie MEWP.

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