OSHA Cites Company Following Ore. Crane Collapse

November 1, 2004

The U.S. Labor Department’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has issued a serious citation to Kaverit Steel and Crane, based in Edmonton, Canada, following the death of one of its employees at the Port of Morrow in Boardman, Ore. The citation carries a proposed penalty of $7,000.

The serious citation alleges that workers were not provided a safe workplace because of exposure to the sudden collapse of a gantry crane

On April 25 a fatal accident occurred involving the collapse of a gantry crane at the Port of Morrow in Boardman. At the time of the collapse, the newly erected gantry crane was in a trial run with a technician in the operator’s cab. The technician was killed when structural members of the Kaverit 60-ton crane failed.

The gantry crane frame was reportedly not properly designed to standard industry practice and could not withstand sufficient lateral force.

Kaverit Steel and Crane has 15 working days following receipt of the citation to contest the violation or to request a meeting with OSHA to discuss the violation notice, including methods of correction, length of abatement period and the proposed penalty.

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