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Crane accidents in Washington point to neglect

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The latest news about the Washington state crane accidents point to neglect, says a report by the Seattle Post-Intelligencer.

During the past three weeks, four cranes have been reported to have serious safety problems. It’s most likely that the required maintenance and inspections that are standard for construction cranes have been insufficiently performed.

The article reports:

Besides a crane that collapsed Nov. 16 in downtown Bellevue, killing a man, three other cranes in the region have been found to have structural problems. One, also in Bellevue, had to be dismantled. The others were shut down and repaired.

Growing concern over crane safety and limited government oversight is fueling efforts to require state certification of both cranes and operators.

Gov. Chris Gregoire plans to send policy adviser Peter Bogdanoff to a construction industry meeting on crane safety scheduled for Dec. 18. The state Department of Labor and Industries, which is investigating the Bellevue crane collapse, is host for the meeting.