Work resumes on bridge; firm under scrutiny
One worker was killed Thursday when a crane doing construction work at the Butte des Morts bridge on Hwy 41 collapsed. The crane was lifting a beam at the time. Image by Joshua Mock
OSHKOSH -- Safety investigators are allowing contractors to resume work on the Oshkosh bridge where a worker died in a crane collapse this week.
However, as a result of Thursday's accident, Lunda Construction is now under investigation for its second crane fatality this year.
A Lunda worker was operating a crane Thursday when a 52-ton girder collapsed and killed a 35-year-old Green Bay man. And in April, another Lunda employee was killed while unloading a crane in Brown County.
A U.S. Department of Labor spokeswoman says the company is now at risk of being placed in a severe-violator program, which mandates certain compliance inspections.
An Oshkosh Northwestern report (http://fondul.ac/N5a4SQ) says Lunda has received five safety violations since 2009.
A message left with the Black River Falls company Saturday wasn't immediately returned.