The US Department of Labor has cited two construction contractors in Florida for failing to implement proper crane safety procedures, which resulted in the death of a 37-year-old worker.

OSHA Finds Tampa-Area Construction Contractor Could Have Prevented Fatal Crane Accident in Orlando

Federal workplace safety investigators have concluded that a 37-year-old aerial lift operator could have been spared from fatal injuries after being struck by a boom as a crane tipped over during work on an Orlando highway ramp in October 2023. The incident occurred while employees of Concrete Impressions of Florida Inc. in Tampa and Adcock Cranes Inc. in Plant City were installing precast concrete sound barrier panels on the southbound SR-417 ramp. According to the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), the Concrete Impressions operator was working in an aerial lift as a 10,700-pound panel was being lifted into place by an Adcock Cranes employee. During the process, an outrigger gave way and tipped the 110 Liebherr crane toward a slope, striking the employee on a lift in the crane’s swing radius.

OSHA’s investigation found that the tragedy could have been prevented if both companies had fulfilled their responsibilities to provide a safe work environment for their employees. Adcock Cranes was cited with one serious violation for not ensuring that the ground conditions were adequate to support the crane while lifting sound barrier panels. The agency proposed $16,131 in penalties for Adcock Cranes. Concrete Impressions of Florida was also cited with one serious violation for allowing workers to use extension ladders to reach sound barrier panels and one other-than-serious violation for not documenting the required 12-month record of inspections for a chain used to lift the panels. The agency proposed $4,839 in penalties for the employer.

Construction safety standards for mobile, overhead, and rail-mounted cranes were enacted following a high rate of injuries and fatalities related to crane operation in the construction industry. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, 12 crane operators died in 2022. Concrete Impressions of Florida Inc., which has been in operation since 1988, manufactures sound barrier walls and operates manufacturing plants in DeLand, Lakeland, Pompano Beach, and Tampa. The company began offering wall systems installations as a subcontractor in 2003. Adcock Cranes, founded in 2015, provides crane for hire services for construction projects.

Both companies have 15 business days from receipt of their citations and penalties to comply, request an informal conference with OSHA’s area director, or contest the findings before the independent Occupational Safety and Health Review Commission. To learn more about OSHA and fall protection, visit the agency’s website.  

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