OSHA: Overextended crane caused bridge incident

PORTSMOUTH, R.I. — The Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s (OSHA) regional director claims an overextended crane caused a truck to hang off the Sakonnet River Bridge last August, according to The Newport Daily News

On Aug. 29, workers on the Sakonnet River Bridge were inspecting the bridge spanning Portsmouth and Tiverton when the crane tipped, leaving two workers hanging in a bucket over the bridge. Both workers were rescued and no one was injured, but the incident resulted in the bridge’s temporary closure and massive traffic jams. 

According to the The Newport Daily News, citing OSHA Providence area director Patrick Griffin, an overextended crane caused the incident.

The Providence office sent a letter recently to contractor AECOM in California and N.E. Bridge Contractors of Newton, MA, but neither company will be fined, according to article


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