Steel and crane company cited for safety violations

December 7, 2004

The U.S. Labor Department's Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has issued a serious citation to Kaverit Steel and Crane, Edmonton, Alb., 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 a sudden gantry crane collapse.

On April 25 a fatal accident occurred involving the collapse of a gantry crane at the Port of Morrow. At the time of the collapse, the newly erected 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 not properly designed to standard industry practice and could not withstand sufficient lateral force.