All equipment used in construction and projects must follow specific OSHA regulations. That was not the case with the company Mountain States Contractors LLC, which received a penalty of $60k for willfully not complying with OSHA standards when it came to maintaining and inspecting cranes. In a recent ALJ ruling, it was found that since February 2013, Mountain Stages had been continued to leave cranes in disrepair and boom cables not replaced, failing to record these infractions in their daily inspections report.
Having sorted through considerable amounts of information being obscured and “dubious testimony,” the ALJ came to a detailed decision confirming the citation and imposed the costly penalty. It was concluded that the inspector knowingly failed to note two broken wires in different lays on the crane.