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US contractor cited over fatal tower crane collapse

21 Nov 12 The US Department of Labor's Occupational Safety & Health Administration has cited Harrison Hoist Inc of Grand Prairie with six serious safety violations following a fatal tower crane collapse.

The collapse in July at the Richardson campus of the University of Texas at Dallas killed two workers. They were trying to remove the top portion of the crane's mast when it collapsed, causing them to fall more than 150 feet.

The violations include the company's failure to address the hazards associated with the effects of wind speed and weather on the equipment; ensure that procedures for disassembling the tower crane prevented the collapse of any part of the equipment; adequately support and stabilise all parts of the equipment; ensure that disassembly procedures positioned workers to minimise their exposure to unintended movement or collapse; ensure that disassembly procedures were developed by a qualified person; and train each competent person and each qualified person regarding the requirements of federal regulations. 

"It is imperative for employers to have procedures in place, train workers and otherwise adhere to safe work practices regarding crane use in order to protect workers who disassemble cranes," said Stephen Boyd, OSHA's Dallas Area office director.

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