OSHA has cited Precision Surveillance Corp., Bigge Crane and Rigging Co., Siemens Power Generation Inc. and Entergy Operations Inc. for 30 safety violations relating to a March crane collapse that killed one Precision employee and injured eight other workers. Proposed fines for all violations total $175,000.
Precision Surveillance Corp., in East Chicago, Ind., is being cited for one serious violation with a penalty of $6,300 for failing to provide an effective communication system to alert the operator or signalman through an emergency stop signal.
Bigge Crane and Rigging Co. in San Leandro, Calif., Siemens Power Generation Inc. in Orlando, Fla., and Entergy Operations Inc. in Russellville, Ark., are being cited for failing to comply with crane-related hazards. Bigge Crane is being cited for nine serious violations with a penalty of $56,700, and Siemens is being cited for nine serious violations with a penalty of $63,000. Entergy is being cited for 11 serious violations with a penalty of $49,000. A serious violation occurs when there is substantial probability that death or serious physical harm could result from a hazard about which the employer knew or should have known.
"This tragedy could have been prevented had the employer ensured vital safeguards to protect workers from potential hazards and proper planning for a project of this magnitude," said Carlos Reynolds, OSHA's area director in Little Rock. "OSHA will hold the employers accountable for not meeting their workplace safety and health responsibilities."
The companies have 15 business days from receipt of the citations and penalties to comply, request an informal conference with OSHA's area director or contest the findings before the independent Occupational Safety and Health Review Commission.