Cops & Crime
4:41 am
Tue September 9, 2008

Fines In Crane Collapse: Violations Termed 'Serious'

Kansas City, Mo. – A construction crane company has fifteen working days to protest a $14 thousand fine levied by Occupational Safety and Health Administration in a deadly collapse near Weston, Missouri.

The federal agency cites Maxim Crane of Bridgeville, Pa.

A boom for the 800 ton crane fell May 23rd at the Iatan Power Plant. Terry Stimpson of Peculiar Missouri was killed on the ground. Three others were hurt. Dan Corcoran speaks for OSHA describing what he terms as two serious violations:

"..for not following the manufacturers specifications and limitations during a lift, and another one of the citations had to do with not barricading off the area of the swing radius of the crane."

In the past the agency has pointed out that the amount of fines is not meant to put a dollar value on a human life. Stimpson's widow and parents have sued Maxim crane and KCP&L alleging negligence and wrongful death.

Construction of the newest phase of the coal-fired power plant is expected to be completed within two years. KCP&L is the primary owner.