Crane Collapse at New York City Construction Worksite

Below is a quoted article about a crane collapse in a highly visible and active area. If proper safety procedures were followed, it would have completely prevented this from happening, which is why OSHA decided to charge the company with a $155,204 fine.

This would have been avoided with a simple equipment inspection prior to operating the crane. SafetyTek allows field workers to access and submit any form from a companies safety program. It even allows for safety management to view, in real-time, who in the field is submitting safety forms which an option to click on the latest submission to review it.

If a safety officer (or business owner) knew that a crane was heading to the site. They could have set a reminder to the field crew to perform an inspection and upload an image of the compliance checks. Simple. Then the safety officer, if they were unable to make it to the field, would be able to review the documentation and approve it prior to anybody operating the crane. This can all happen within a 5-minute window through our platform because of the real-time capabilities.

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January 7, 2019

NEW YORK, NY – The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has cited Western Waterproofing Co. Inc. – doing business as Western Specialty Contractors – for exposing employees to serious injuries at a New York City construction worksite. The St. Louis, Missouri-based contractor faces $155,204 in proposed penalties.

An unsecured mini-crane overturned and fell four stories at an East 125th Street worksite on June 25, 2018. OSHA cited Western for not ensuring that the employee assigned to operate the crane was trained, evaluated, and determined competent to operate the equipment; for operating the crane in excess of its rated lifting capacity; and for not verifying that the load being lifted was within the crane’s rated lifting capacity.

“This employer knowingly put workers at risk by failing to ensure that the crane was operated by a competent person,” said Kay Gee, OSHA’s Manhattan Area Office Director. “Effective training of employees, knowledge of equipment’s limits, and correct operation of equipment are critical to preventing injuries.”

Separately, the Manhattan District Attorney’s Office has announced a Deferred Prosecution Agreement with Western and the indictment of the company’s project manager and superintendent on criminal charges in connection with the incident.

The company has 15 business days from receipt of the citations and proposed 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.

Under the Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970, employers are responsible for providing safe and healthful workplaces for their employees. OSHA’s role is to help ensure these conditions for America’s working men and women by setting and enforcing standards and providing training, education, and assistance. For more information, visit

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