State fines company for Chena River crane collapse

Posted: Monday, December 13, 2010

FAIRBANKS - The Alaska Department of Law has proposed a $2,250 fine for the company operating a crane that fell into the Chena River in June.

The Fairbanks Daily News-Miner reports the fine includes $1,500 for exposing employees to safety hazards and $750 for allowing two employees to operate forklifts without the proper paperwork. The paper said the company said it would contest the citation.

Safety investigators say the Sandstrom & Sons crane fell into the river because the 140-foot boom with a 56,200-pound pile-driving hammer attached to the end was extended beyond its designed capacity.

No injuries were reported.

The accident happened at a bridge construction site, but didn't delay the project.

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