Lunda fined for fatal crane collapse

07 January 2013

Lake Butte des Morts bridge in Oshkosh

Lake Butte des Morts bridge in Oshkosh

Lunda Construction of Black River Falls in the USA has been fined and cited for violating safety standards after a fatal crane accident.

The accident, which happened on 5 July 2012 along Highway 41’s Lake Butte des Morts Bridge in Oshkosh, resulted in the death of 35-year-old truck driver Joseph Bidler of Green Bay. The crane's operator was also seriously injured.

Lunda Construction was fined by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration for another five violations, totalling US$105,000.

Choice Construction of Menominee Falls was also cited for four violations. The fine was US$13,220.

Lunda Construction was previously involved in another fatal crane accident in De Pere along Highway 41. Following this most recent incident OSHA has placed Lunda Construction in its Severe Violator Enforcement Program.

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