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Fatal crane accident contractors had prior safety violations

The horrific crane accident that claimed the lives of two New Jersey workers was tragic to say the least. Now, that tragedy may be multiplied if it turns out that negligence was a factor. Taking a look at the history of four companies involved with the project, it turns out that negligence could indeed be a factor.

The incident occurred on the morning of Thursday, Feb. 18 at the site of a new firehouse being constructed in Whippany. A generator weighing approximately five tons fell from a crane and immediately killed one worker. A second man was critically injured and died later while in the hospital. Reports indicate that four of the companies have been cited by the Occupational Health and Safety Administration for prior safety violations.

The project's general contractor, Precision Building and Construction, incurred two severe violations because of a fall that took place in 2009. City Erectors, the company operating the crane at the firehouse project, incurred two "struck by object" violations in 2007 and 2009. Industrial Process and Equipment, Inc., the company with which the first man to die was employed, incurred an OSHA violation in 2012 for exposing workers to crushing hazards. Finally, Boz Electrical Contractors was cited in 2013 for employee protection violations and unsafe wiring design.

At this time, news reports do not indicate who or what may have caused the crane accident, However, if it turns out that negligence played a part, the deceased workers' families could have grounds for a wrongful death lawsuit. While the outcome of any investigation into the incident remains to be seen, a good place for the grieving families to start is to schedule a consultation with a New Jersey-based personal injury attorney.

Source: NJ.com, "4 companies working at fatal crane accident have history of safety violations," Justin Zaremba, NJ Advance Media, Feb. 19, 2016

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