UPDATE: 2 Wis. Companies Cited in Fatal Crane Collapse

UPDATED Thursday, January 3, 2013 --- 3:50 p.m.

OSHKOSH, Wis. (AP) -- The U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration has cited two Wisconsin construction companies in a deadly crane collapse near Oshkosh last summer.

It happened on July 5 at the construction site on Highway 41 over the Lake Butte des Morts causeway. A 35-year-old construction worker from Green Bay was killed and the crane operator was injured.

WLUK-TV reports OSHA says Lunda Construction of Black River Falls faces six violations and a proposed $105,000 fine. Choice Construction of Menomonee Falls faces four citations and a potential $13,220 fine.

Both companies have 15 business days to comply, request an informal conference or contest the findings.

Lunda corporate counsel Josh Swanson had no comment. Choice owner Brian Mitchell says his company hasn't had enough time yet to decide what to do.

Copyright 2013. The Associated Press.

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UPDATED: Saturday, July 7, 2012 --- 6:33p.m.

OSHKOSH, Wis. (AP) -- Safety investigators are allowing contractors to resume work on the Oshkosh bridge where a worker died in a crane collapse this week.

However, as a result of Thursday's accident, Lunda Construction is now under investigation for its second crane fatality this year.

A Lunda worker was operating a crane Thursday when a 52-ton girder collapsed and killed a 35-year-old Green Bay man. And in April, another Lunda employee was killed while unloading a crane in Brown County.

A U.S. Department of Labor spokeswoman says the company is now at risk of being placed in a severe-violator program, which mandates certain compliance inspections.

An Oshkosh Northwestern report (http://fondul.ac/N5a4SQ ) says Lunda has received five safety violations since 2009.

A message left with the Black River Falls company Saturday wasn't immediately returned.

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Information from: Oshkosh Northwestern, http://www.thenorthwestern.com

Copyright 2012. The Associated Press.

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UPDATED Friday, July 6, 2012 --- 6:35 a.m.

OSHKOSH, Wis. (AP) -- One worker is dead and another seriously injured after a crane collapsed while trying to lift a beam on an eastern Wisconsin bridge.

Department of Transportation spokesman Kris Schuller says the crane was working on the Butte Des Morts bridge in Winnebago County when it collapsed at about 9 a.m. Thursday.

Winnebago County Coroner Barry Busby says one worker died at the scene and the other was taken to a hospital with serious injuries.

Waukesha-based concrete company Spancrete identified the worker who was killed as 35-year-old Joseph R. Bidler of Green Bay.

The collapse is the second fatal accident this year involving a crane working on the U.S. 41 expansion and redesign project.

Copyright 2012. The Associated Press.

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UPDATED Thursday, July 5, 2012 --- 11:43 a.m.

OSHKOSH, Wis. (AP) -- One person is dead and another is seriously injured after a crane collapsed in Winnebago County.

County Coroner Barry Busby says the person died on the scene and the other person was taken to a hospital with serious injuries. He didn't want to release any information about the victims because their families hadn't been notified.

Department of Transportation spokesman Kris Schuller says a crane was trying to lift a beam on the Butte Des Morts bridge when it collapsed.

Authorities closed down the left lanes in each direction of Highway 41 for about 45 minutes starting at around 9 a.m. Thursday.

Copyright 2012. The Associated Press.

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Posted Thursday, July 5, 2012 --- 10:51 a.m.

OSHKOSH, Wis. (AP) -- At least one person is injured after a crane collapsed in Winnebago County.

Department of Transportation spokesman Kris Schuller says a crane was trying to lift a beam on the Butte Des Morts bridge when it collapsed.

He says at least one person is injured, but he didn't know to what extent.

He didn't know exactly when it happened but authorities closed down the left lanes in each direction of Highway 41 for about 45 minutes starting at around 9 a.m. Thursday.

Copyright 2012. The Associated Press.


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