OSHA policy says it will investigate an incident when there is a fatality or multiple serious injuries. The agency can also use its discretion to look into situations in which there was no bodily harm, but there was significant structural damage.
OSHA is investigating how a crane boom crashed into the second floor of a residential house in Akron, OH.
A crew was removing a 125-foot tree from Tracy Brubaker’s backyard, when a crane tipped and fell onto her home. She was just arriving home when the crane hit her house.
No one was injured, but these photos show the significant damage to the second story of her house. Her two cats escaped during the incident. No report on whether they’ve been found.
It took almost six hours for crews to stabilize the crane and remove it from the house.
The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) has a free publication, Preventing Worker Injuries and Deaths from Mobile Crane Tip-Over, Boom Collapse, and Uncontrolled Hoisted Loads (click here).