Company blamed for 2 SD County crane accidents

Posted at 7:03 PM, Jan 19, 2016
and last updated 2016-01-20 19:04:40-05

A company is being blamed for two crane accidents in San Diego County that happened in a week's span.

On Tuesday morning, a crane operator was moving concrete barriers when the crane hit power lines above Interstate 8. A small fire started, but was put out quickly.

Last week, the same type of work was being done on I-15 in South Park when barriers fell on a worker's legs. His co-workers tried to free him from those barriers.

Bob's Crane Service was involved in both incidents, Team 10 learned.

Cal/OSHA shows eight citations from December 2015. Two of the citations were listed as serious.

RELATED: Read the citations

Some of the violations related to failure to have a safety plan for employees when it came to injury or illness. A Cal/OSHA spokesperson also said the company did not follow certain construction safety orders. The fines for the citations totaled more than $12,000.

The company also dealt with a civil lawsuit in 2013. The lawsuit stated that an employee was doing construction on a wall about 22 feet high, "working with a large metal joist that was being suspended by a crane."

According to the document, the crane was owned and operated by Bob's Crane Service. The lawsuit said the crane operator "negligently shifted the joist by moving the crane without warning."

The employee fell to the ground with serious injuries, according to the lawsuit.

Both sides settled the lawsuit, but the amount is unclear.

A manager for Bob's Crane Service did not have any comment when 10News visited its Lakeside office.