Feds Cite Company in 2008 Wyoming Crane Collapse

Crane collapse at the Black Thunder Mine near Wright in 2008
Crane collapse at the Black Thunder Mine near Wright in 2008

CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) - Federal regulators have cited a Washington state company in connection with a 2008 crane collapse at a Wyoming coal mine that seriously injured three workers. Lampson International of Kennewick, Washington, owned the crane. The crane collapsed while lifting a section of conveyor support tubing weighing nearly 500,000 pounds at the Black Thunder Mine, near Wright in May 2008.

The Mine Safety and Health Administration released its report Friday. It states the crane was on an uneven foundation. The crane toppled over when rain-saturated soils couldn't support its weight. An agency spokesman says a federal citation against Lampson could result in a fine of up to $70,000. A spokeswoman for Lampson declined comment.

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