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Local contractor cited for Highway 109 crane collapse

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After a six-month investigation, a local contractor is being blamed for the crane collapse in Gallatin and not the wind.

No one was killed when the crane toppled onto a car on Highway 109 back in May, but federal officials have cited Mountain States Contractors for some serious safety violations.

The Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration found the main cable that broke, causing the crane to collapse, needed to be replaced but Mountain States Contractors never fixed it.

That violation is a $56,000 penalty. The company has to pay more than $60,000 in penalties all together.

Mountain States Contractors has 15 days to pay the penalties, request a conference or contest OSHA's findings.

A spokesperson for the company released the following statement:

"At Mountain States Contractors, our first priority is the safety of our employees and the public.  We strongly dispute the allegation that there were any willful safety violations, and intend to appeal this preliminary citation. On the day of the accident, the crane operator told the company he had inspected the crane cable before operation and had found it met the standards for being in service. We believe any description of the accident as being the result of willful disregard of safety standards is in error and is unfair."

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