$68K in fines issued in Goliath crane collapse
- By Robert Aicardi, Weymouth News, MA
Ironworker Robert Harvey, 28, of Weymouth was instantly killed when this leg crashed on Aug. 14, and three others were injured.
OSHA said that Seattle-based Norsar, the company in charge of dismantling Goliath, and its subcontractors (Sarens and Daniel Marr and Son Co.) exposed workers to lethal dangers when they changed the way that the largest gantry crane in North America and a long-time Quincy landmark was taken down.
Goliath was built in 1974 and 1975 and in operation from 1975 until overseas competition forced the shipyard to shut down in 1986.
Norsar and the subcontractors initially planned to dismantle Goliath’s 160-foot, 175-ton legs in two 80-foot pieces, but instead started taking them down in single pieces.