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    :: Wednesday, February 11, 2009 ::

    Firm is cooperating as death on crane investigated - The Boston Globe
    Officials with the US Occupational Safety and Health Administration did not respond to repeated requests for comment yesterday. That the apparatus fell at all raises questions about whether adequate precautions were taken in the lift's operation, a construction safety consultant said.

    'Generally, there are very few accidents that are acts of God,' said Rich Bianchi, of Bianchi Consulting in Lancaster, who has taught workers about safe operation. 'They are all preventable apart from that.'

    Bianchi said the accident raises questions about whether the workers were adequately restrained in the lift. OSHA standards require that workers use a body harness or restraining belt attached to the lift's basket.
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