There’s an Arkansas connection in the accident Sunday in Dallas in which a construction crane toppled in high winds, killing one person in a neighboring apartment building.
The crane’s operator was Bigge Crane and Rigging of California. As the Washington Post article recounts:
Bigge Crane has been targeted by OSHA for at least 17 violations since 2013, though the firm has contested some citations. The most high-profile incident, in 2013, involved a crane that collapsed at a nuclear power plant in Arkansas, killing a worker and injuring eight others. OSHA found that Bigge’s crane did not meet certain safety standards, contributing to the hazards that caused the collapse, although Bigge contested the findings. The company was fined $56,700, though the amount was later reduced in a settlement.
In the 2013 accident at Entergy’s Arkansas Nuclear One near Russellville, a crane moving a 525-ton component collapsed and damaged floors below. One worker was killed and 10 injured. The accident spawned legal actions, some of which continue.