OSHA fine for Grove/Manitowoc
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration has fined Grove/Manitowoc Cranes $14,976 - the maximum amount possible for the citation that was issued -, for the fatal incident in February at the Shady Grove plant, involving a Manitowoc MLC300 lattice crawler crane. See fatal incident at crane plant
OSHA issued the citation for exposing employees to “struck-by hazards” stating that the company had placed employee work facilities too close to the crane testing area where they were in danger of being struck should there be a failure.
The incident involved the first Manitowoc MLC300 crawler crane built at the plant, it was on the test pad with boom and luffing jib fully extended in winds exceeding 35 mph, while employees worked below – both on the test pad and in the machinery hut. The crane’s boom was brought down by a 40 mph gust, and struck three people on the ground - Chris Robison, 49, and John Marcoux, 66, both of whom died on the day, and Isaac Dean Notz, 38, who passed away just over a week later.
OSHA Harrisburg area office director David Olah said: "This tragedy could have been avoided if the employer had assessed workplace hazards and used effective safety procedures to protect employees from serious and fatal injuries.”
Grove/Manitowoc has 15 working days from receipt of the citations and penalties to comply, request an informal conference, or contest the findings before the independent Occupational Safety and Health Review Commission.