UPDATE: OSHA Cites Lunda in Fatal Crane Collapse

UPDATED Thursday, October 11, 2012 --- 11:00 a.m.

DE PERE, Wis. (AP) -- The federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration has cited a Black River Falls construction company in a fatal crane collapse near De Pere.

OSHA issued three serious safety violations against Lunda Construction Co. in the accident at a construction site on Highway 41. Fifty-eight-year-old Raymond Ashenbrenner was killed April 20 when he was struck by a section of the crane he was assembling.

OSHA is proposing a maximum $21,000 in fines. Inspectors say Lunda failed to train workers on safe crane assembly and provide supervision.

Lunda's corporate counsel, Joshua Swanson, declined to comment when contacted Thursday.

It was the second fatal crane accident involving Lunda this year. A Lunda worker was operating a crane July 5 on a bridge in Oshkosh when a girder collapsed and killed a Green Bay man.

Copyright 2012. The Associated Press.


Posted Monday, April 23, 2012 ---- 4:00 p.m.

DE PERE, Wis. (AP) -- Police have released the name of a construction worker killed in an accident in Brown County.

Hobart/Lawrence police identify the worker as 58-year-old Raymond Ashenbrenner of Black River Falls.

Police say Ashenbrenner was pinned beneath a crane arm as workers were unloading the equipment from a trailer. The crane is owned by Lunda Construction Co.

Ashenbrenner died at the scene. The accident happened last Friday in the median of Highway 41.

Copyright 2012. The Associated Press.

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