Wanzek Construction Fined for Crane Death

August 14, 2015

OSHA cited Wanzek Construction, West Fargo, N.D., for a serious violation stemming from the death of a crane operator who was crushed when the 90-ton rough-terrain crane slipped into a ditch, overturned and rolled off an embankment. OSHA fined the company $7,000.

The accident occurred at the Prairie Breeze Wind Energy Center for Invenergy near Elgin, Neb.

OSHA’s citation noted that the worker was not wearing a safety restraint, and faulted Wanzek for not “ensuring employees are protected from being crushed.”

OSHA said acceptable methods for correcting the hazard include:

  1. Train employees to recognize the dangers of not wearing a seat belt in all vehicles that are being moved on public roads.
  2. Develop alternate methods to move rough-terrain and other cranes over public roads where no operators are in the crane.
  3. Inspect and enforce seat belt use requirements for all employees, visitors, subcontractors and skilled/temporary labor employees while on the jobsite.

Source: OSHA