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Texas company cited after fatal crane collapse


The U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration announced Thursday that it cited a Texas construction company after a worker died in a crane collapse in March.

OSHA cited Farmersville-based S&D Erectors Inc. for four willful violations and proposed $262,977 in penalties in connection with the death of the mobile crane operator at a work site in Aubrey, Texas.

S&D exposed its workers to dangers by overloading the crane, failed to have an accident prevention program in place, failed to regularly inspect the work site and failed to meet federal safety standards for crane inspections, OSHA stated.

The company has 15 business days to contest the citation and penalties.