OSHA issues fines for Butte des Morts bridge fatality

8:29 PM, Jan 3, 2013

OSHKOSH — Federal investigators say a construction company willfully violated safety standards leading up to a fatal crane collapse in July on the Butte des Morts bridge.

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration issued fines Thursday to Lunda Construction and Choice Construction for the incident that killed Joseph Bidler, 35, of Green Bay and seriously injured another.

Lunda was fined $105,000 for one willful and five serious violations including allowing a crane to travel with a suspended load, failing to train competent and qualified persons on their roles, not adequately attaching the crane to the barge, failing to use appropriate signaling methods and failing to meet the requirements of a critical lift plan.

OSHA issues fines for Butte des Morts bridge fatality

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