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OSHA: Design flaws caused Hurricane Irma crane collapses

October 18, 2018

A spokesman for Terex told Engineering News-Record that the SK-315 model had been in use for more than 20 years and was not designed to withstand the wind forces generated by Irma. OSHA’s report could play a role in post-Irma litigation brought against Terex and other crane companies by property owners who claim they sustained damage as a result of the collapses. Greg Teslia, president of Crane Safety & Inspections, told ENR that there is nothing contractors could have done to prevent the collapses and that “cranes aren’t made out of armor, and wind is their enemy.”

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