OSHA has cited Mountain States Contractors LLC of Nashville, Tenn., for willful, serious and other-than-serious violations following a May crane collapse on Highway 109. Penalties total $60,900. During the replacement of the Highway 109 bridge over the Cumberland River, the crane’s main boom cable broke, causing the crane to collapse.
"This employer willfully disregarded worker safety and allowed the crane to operate even though daily crane inspections indicated the cable needed replacement," said William Cochran, OSHA's area director in Nashville. "Replacement cable was available on-site, but the crane was not serviced. It's fortunate no one was killed or seriously injured in this incident."
The willful violation, with $56,000 in penalties, involves the employer failing to remove a damaged wire, rope cable from operation. The serious safety violation, with $4,900 in penalties, involves failing to ensure that a deficiency noted on the annual inspection was checked on a monthly basis.
The other-than-serious violation, with no monetary penalties, involves failing to ensure workers wearing N95 respirators were provided training that included the information in Appendix D of the respiratory protection standard. An other-than-serious violation is one that has a direct relationship to job safety and health, but probably would not cause death or serious physical harm.
Mountain States Contractors LLC has 15 business days from receipt of the citations to comply, request an informal conference with OSHA's area director in Nashville, or contest the findings before the independent Occupational Safety and Health Review Commission.