By Associated Press - Wednesday, August 12, 2015

ELGIN, Neb. (AP) - A federal agency has issued a safety violation to a North Dakota-based construction company following the May death of a crane operator in northeast Nebraska.

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration said Wednesday that its investigation into the 40-year-old man’s death determined Wanzek Construction exposed workers to hazards. The agency issued one serious safety violation and proposed $7,000 in penalties.

The crane operator was using a 90-ton rough terrain crane at a wind energy site near Elgin on May 27 when the crane slipped into a ditch, overturned and crushed him. The worker was not wearing a safety restraint.

Arnold Jelinek, vice president at Wanzek Construction, says the company’s top priority is the safety of its employees. He says the company is reviewing the citation.

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