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Construction company fined in Connecticut crane accident

A construction company has been cited for "willful and serious" safety violations in an investigation into a crane accident at a Connecticut construction site earlier this year. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration imposed fines on the company totaling $162,500.

According to OSHA, Concavage Marine Construction was fixing damaged marina pilings with a crane mounted on a barge when an 80-foot boom of the crane fell backwards, landing on a yacht. Inspectors said the company had failed to install necessary safety equipment on the crane and that it had not been accurately inspected before the accident. In so doing, the company created a serious safety hazard for its employees and anyone else in the area, said an OSHA spokesperson.

Construction sites are often inherently dangerous workplaces and every construction worker knows that the job carries risks. Fortunately, OSHA is tasked with making sure workplaces meet safety standards and with imposing penalties on companies that fail to follow workplace safety regulations.

When workers suffer injuries due to workplace accidents, like this crane accident, workers' compensation benefits can help them with medical expenses, lost wages and other costs. Connecticut workers' compensation system does not require injured workers to prove that their employers did anything wrong. There is no need to prove that the workplace did violate safety regulations. However, it can be important to making one's case for workers' compensation benefits to show when the company has fallen short.

Workers' compensation looks simple on the surface, but individual claims for benefits can easily get complicated. People may need to fight for their benefits.

Source: The Journal News, "Port Chester firm facing $165G fine for crane collapse," Ernie Garcia, Nov. 25, 2013

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