Several companies involved in a fatal crane collapse at Nuclear One in Russellville earlier this year have been cited for safety violations and fined thousands of dollars by a federal agency.
The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration said Precision Surveillance Corp., Bigge Crane and Rigging Co., Siemens Power Generation Inc. and Entergy Operations Inc. face fines totaling $175,000 in the March 31 accident that killed one worker and injured eight others.
“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,” OSHA area director in Little Rock Carlos Reynolds said in a statement. “OSHA will hold the employers accountable for not meeting their workplace safety and health responsibilities.”
Precision Surveillance was cited and fined $6,300 for failing to provide an effective communication system with an emergency stop signal, according to a news release.
The other three companies were cited for failing to comply with crane-related hazards. Bigge Crane and Siemens were each cited for nine serious violations and fined $56,700 and $63,000. Entergy was cited for seven serious violations and fined $49,000, OSHA said in the release.
The companies have 15 days to contest the findings and penalties.