More than a dozen times over a two-month period, employees made notations in logs about a crane cable that needed to be repaired. But a court said the company “utterly failed to take steps to discover violations.” What happened when the company appealed a $56,000 OSHA fine?
On May 21, 2013, the boom cable of a crane operated on a bridge construction project in Tennessee by Mountain States Contractors snapped, causing the boom to fall onto the highway.
The company didn’t contest the other-than-serious violation and settled wit OSHA on the serious infraction. It decided to contest the willful violation on two grounds: that the citation wasn’t warranted and that it shouldn’t be classified as willful.