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Feds say man's death in crane accident could have been prevented

By Associated Press


KAHULUI >> Federal regulators want to fine a heavy equipment rental company $70,000 for safety violations after a Maui worker was crushed and killed by a crane.

Ronald Nakasone was crushed under a crane he was operating for his employer, Hawthorne Pacific Corp. in Kahului in October.

The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration cited the company for 13 serious alleged violations. Company representatives couldn’t immediately be reached for comment Monday.

Inspectors found outriggers designed to stabilize the truck-mounted crane weren’t extended, allowing it to tip. They also found the truck crane had been out of service for more than six months and hadn’t been completely inspected before it was used.

OSHA officials say the 62-year-old’s death could have been prevented.

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serious wrote:
It is easy to sit down and see all of the what could have been's and judge the people. Job sites are go-go-go. You rent those thousand dollar a day machines and you have a budget and a time frame. Sure, safety is first but how safe can you get?
on April 22,2013 | 01:09PM
France wrote:
Dead Safe
on April 23,2013 | 07:54AM
Slow wrote:
Good point. Easy come, easy go. What's another preventable crushing? Gotta save money first, right?
on April 23,2013 | 08:43AM
Ulalei wrote:
No can defense
on April 22,2013 | 01:38PM
torxman wrote:
The person operating the truck-mounted crane or ( Boom Truck ) is always the person responsible for making sure that all outriggers are extended out and down. He is also responsible for the safety of everyone working near and around him, including himself. He was a mechanic for the company being fined for all the violations. I feel really sorry for his family and I knew him, a very good guy. It just takes one mistake.
on April 22,2013 | 02:30PM
AhiPoke wrote:
In this state it doesn't matter who's at fault. Even if they find Mr. Nakasone to be 99% at fault and Hawthorne 1% at fault, Hawthorne will end up paying all of the judgement because Mr. Nakasone is not in a position to pay anything.
on April 22,2013 | 02:45PM
SteveToo wrote:
Why didn't the operator extend the outriggers?
on April 22,2013 | 02:16PM
Sunny wrote:
Perhaps they weren't working properly.
on April 22,2013 | 02:49PM
Slow wrote:
Irrelevant. Don't use the machine if it is not working properly.
on April 23,2013 | 08:47AM
Who_Said wrote:
Can you say "lawsuit?"...
on April 22,2013 | 02:25PM
Smiley7 wrote:
Outriggers are to be extended at all times even for the lightest loads. Whoever was in charge is responsible whether they were on the job site or not. People have to be held accountable! Auwe!
on April 23,2013 | 04:41AM
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