UPDATE II: Looks like it is lot easier to tip a crane than to turn it back over.
The developer really needs a communications person reviewing these statements before releasing them;
“We know what happened with the equipment, and it was not anything to do with our building,” said Jake Quasney, chief operating officer of developer and general contractor Lloyd Cos. “We had a failure when it came to that piece of equipment.”
And why would it have anything to do with the structure itself? Am I missing something here?
“OSHA came in even though it wasn’t a workplace accident but out of an abundance of caution,” Quasney said.
So was it a morning donut break gone awry? Using caution is what you are supposed to do BEFORE using the crane, not after the fact. OSHA is investigating because it was AN ACCIDENT. Good thing the crane wasn’t lifting BS, could have been a lot worse,
UPDATE: A reliable source told me this afternoon that OSHA is investigating the crane collapse.
I first want to say I am grateful no one was injured or killed today at the Sioux Steel project crane collapse.
But if you do a little digging, you will see this happens across the United States.
No one was injured in the incident and Lloyd Cos. said it is continuing to investigate the incident alongside local authorities.
I rode my bike by tonight and the crane was in the same position it was this morning. This of course could mean that OSHA will be on site to investigate. I hope so. This is NOT the duty of the local FD or PD, this is a work safety issue that needs to be thoroughly investigated by the FEDS.
As a person who worked construction as a teen and have had many interactions with OSHA we cannot depend on city officials to make a judgement of what happened. There could be a thousand different reasons, but most likely the crane was NOT set up properly or put on ground that was NOT stable. There also could have been mechanical failures. At this point speculation is useless until it is fully investigated.