Fort Lauderdale, FL (WorkersCompensation.com) - The U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has cited Tom Krips Construction Inc. and Etherna Services Inc. after an employee suffered crushing injuries at a Fort Lauderdale, Florida, worksite.
OSHA investigators determined that a lattice boom section of a crane fell onto the employee during disassembly, crushing his foot and ankle. OSHA cited Tom Krips Construction Inc. for failing to follow disassembly procedures established by the manufacturer; allowing employees to work under the boom while removing connecting pins; and not providing training for employees on assembly and disassembly procedures. OSHA cited Etherna Services Inc. for failing to train employees on safely disassembling a boom crane and on the hazards associated with disassembly. Tom Krips Construction Inc. faces $29,877 in penalties, and Etherna Services Inc. penalties total $5,174.
The companies have 15 business days from receipt of the citations and proposed 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.