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Report reveals details of deadly crane accident

A recent report issued by an out-of-state sheriff's department has shed some light on the cause of a deadly construction accident. Crane accidents have received a great deal of media attention in Colorado and across the country. According to witnesses, a recent incident that killed one man and left another in serious condition was either due to the crane lowering a heavy object too quickly or adjusting the crane while a concrete span was being put into place. Nevertheless, the exact cause of the work injury has not been officially established.

The accident occurred in Wisconsin while a construction company was working on a bridge. At that time, a crane collapsed, dropping its boom onto a worker who was attempting to get out of the way. The man was pronounced dead at the scene.

Meanwhile, the crane operator was thrown from the crane when it collapsed. The man fell onto a barge and was unconscious when medical personal arrived. Hospital officials have not released the man's condition at this time. It was reported the crane company is already under investigation by Occupational Safety and Health Administration for a prior fatal crane accident and that OSHA will also be investigating this current accident.

Employers have a duty to constantly improve their safety measures, especially when they have experienced fatal accidents on prior occasions. In this case, there remains a lot to be determined. However, if fault is placed on the employer for their lack of safety measures, Colorado residents should expect that the estate of the deceased man and the man who was seriously injured will seek substantial compensation for their losses that resulted from these crane accidents.

Source:, "Accident report sheds light on fatal crane accident on Butte des Morts bridge," Adam Rodewald, July 23, 2012

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