Wednesday, February 18, 2004

Crane Collapse Updates

Fourth Worker Dies From Toledo Crane Collapse

A fourth construction worker, 47-year-old Arden Clark, has died from Monday's crane collapse near Toledo. More here.

Connecticut Crane Collapse Company Had Previous Violations

Seems that Balfour Beatty, the company involved in the death of a Connecticut worker yesterday when the crane he was operating flipped off a construction barge into the river, has had some safety problems before.
Since 1993, Balfour Beatty has been the subject of eight complaints or referrals for possible safety violations. Federal regulators cited the company for violations in four cases: June and August 1993, April 1996 and October 2001. Details of those complaints were unavailable late Tuesday.

Records show one such violation, which resulted in a preliminary $3,825 fine, occurred at the same job site when a piece of heavy equipment fell off another barge and into the water. No one was injured in that accident.

The worker in Tuesday's accident [Charles Jordan, 60] was pulled from the cab of the crane, which had flipped off of a construction barge and landed upside down in the river, police said. Co-workers tried to resuscitate the worker, but he died an hour later at Bridgeport Hospital.