Labor Department cites Maui company after crane fatally crushes worker

It’s been six months since a construction crane tipped over and crushed a man on Maui.

On Monday, the Federal Department overseeing workplace safety issued a report stating the incident could have been prevented.

The Labor Department’s Occupational Safety & Health Administration is citing Hawthorne Pacific with 13 alleged violations.

They found that the industrial boom truck crane was placed out of service for more than six months and never underwent a complete inspection before being used again.

Inspectors also determined that equipment designed to stabilize the crane was not properly used, allowing the crane to tip over.

OSHA is proposing $70,000 in fines and is giving the company 15 days to respond.

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