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Worker Safety Panel Overturns Electrical Accident Ruling

March 30, 2020, 5:24 PM

A federal worker safety appeal panel overturned a lower court decision vacating OSHA citations for an electrical accident that severely injured a construction worker.

In a decision issued March 27, the Occupational Safety and Health Review Commission’s three members unanimously concluded that an administrative law judge erred when he set aside the citations against contractor TNT Crane and Rigging Inc. of Houston.

At issue was whether OSHA’s rules for disassembling a construction crane could only apply when crane components were being removed or did the rule apply to the entire disassembly process such as raising or lowering the crane boom. ...