OSHA Clears GE Transportation in Worker’s Death

February 25, 2010

The federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration has cleared GE Transportation of any wrongdoing in the death of a crane operator at the company’s Erie, Pennsylvania plant last month.

Theresa Naim, OSHA’s area director, says the company’s equipment, workplace safety, training and emergency response were all fine. In fact, Naim says many of GE’s standards are stricter than OSHA’s.

The Erie County coroner says 46-six-year-old William Huff was killed Jan. 11 when was crushed beneath a part that weighs several tons. The part tipped over after Huff set the part down with a remote-controlled crane he was operating.

Shaun Francis, the company’s general manager of human resources, says Huff’s death was a “truly tragic accident.”

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