As investigators examine the crane that collapsed on Sunday in Dallas, details are emerging about Bigge Crane. The company is the owner of the fallen crane, which claimed the life of one person and injured five more. Bigge Crane, based in California, flew a team to Dallas on Sunday night so they could answer questions from the Occupational Health and Safety Administration. The company currently has 74 cranes in operation throughout the county. Now, an examination of the company’s history reveals a history of 17 previous OSHA citations.
Bigge Crane’s OSHA Violations
One of the Bigge Crane’s recent violations occurred in 2013 after a crane owned by the company collapsed in Arkansas. The company’s crane fell at the Entergy’s Arkansas Nuclear One Power Plant near Russellville as it was lifting a 525-ton object. The incident killed one person and injured 8 more. After investigating the accident, OSHA cited Bigge for failing to ensure that its crane met safety standards. The company received a $56,700 fine, which was later reduced through a settlement.
"This tragedy could have been prevented had the employer ensured vital safeguards to protect workers from potential hazards and proper planning for a project of this magnitude," said Carlos Reynolds, OSHA’s director in Little Rock at the time of the accident.
Our Dallas Crane Accident Lawyers Are Following This Story
At Arnold & Itkin, our Dallas crane accident attorneys have a reputation for holding crane companies responsible. Our team was able to secure a settlement of $44 million for one crane accident survivor, and we are ready to use our experience to help others.
While specifics are still being worked out by investigators in Dallas, we know one thing: this crane should have never fallen, and someone failed to prevent this accident from happening. North Texas already has the most crane accidents in the nation, and companies must take every step possible to prevent this statistic from growing.
Our team will continue to follow this story and provide updates as more details are revealed by authorities.
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