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HOUSTON - Four people were killed and six were injured Friday in a crane collapse at a refinery in Houston.
The accident occurred at an industrial complex. A company spokeswoman said the plant was a LyondellBasell refinery in southeast Houston.
Houston Fire Department Assistant Chief Omero Longoria told KTRK-TV that five people had been been taken to hospitals. Two were in critical condition, while the other three had trauma-related injuries.
Crane safety has been under scrutiny in recent months because of crane-related deaths in New York, Miami and Las Vegas.
The city’s chief crane inspector was arrested on Friday and charged with taking bribes to allow cranes to pass inspection, the authorities said. He was also accused of taking money from a crane company that sought to ensure that its employees would pass the required licensing exam
Originally posted by iamcamouflage
reply to post by Dan Tanna
Good find, I wonder if any of the injured workers families will go after him with lawsuits.
The city of Houston does not inspect or regulate cranes, although officials said there has been some talk of it since the recent New York City crane collapses.
``It's not a part of our code of ordinances,'' said Alvin Wright, spokesman for the Public Works & Engineering Department. ``A crane is a movable object. We inspect structures that are non-movable, like buildings.''
Roecker said the crane, operated by a contractor called Deep South Crane & Rigging Co., had been put in place for a major project called a "turnaround," but that he did not believe it was scheduled to lift any equipment today.
Originally posted by SLAYER69
How can any City, County, or State not regulate these things?
I mean come on out side of the obvious threat to human life how about the potential for massive property damage?