On Sunday, June 9th, during a storm in the Dallas area a crane collapsed onto the Elan City Lights apartment complex in downtown Dallas, which led to the tragic passing of 29-year-old Kiersten Symone Smith.
Kiersten’s family says she was a selfless, thoughtful, and loving person, who had a passion for music and singing, and was known to uplift every person she encountered. Kiersten worked at Tenant Healthcare, earned her B.B.A. in Communications at Southern New Hampshire University and was set to be married in September.
Her family appreciates the condolences, prayers, and kind words expressed by the community. Despite the tragedy, they are able to draw strength from the support they received from family, friends, co-workers, and peers.
Our legal team at The Cox Pradia Law Firm, P.L.L.C. is dedicated to getting answers for the Smith family. The Crane Company in this case has been cited by OSHA over 17 times in the past 10 years. We intend to look into the circumstances surrounding each of these violations.
Cranes are often able to withstand storms, similar to the one that blew through downtown Dallas. They are equipped with safety systems that release the brakes in high winds, enabling the arm to move with the wind—just like a weathervane—rather than fighting against the winds.
Kiersten was the ninth person to pass away in a North Texas crane accident since 2012. However, she was the first person who wasn’t a construction site worker.
According to the federal labor of statistics, Texas is the leading state in fatal crane accidents from 2011-2015. Due to the alarming statistics coming out of the Lone Star State, OSHA performed 77 crane inspections in the Texas region, finding 65 violations—while 71 percent of those violations were repeat, serious, or willful offenses.
The Cox Pradia Law Firm, P.L.L.C., plans to conduct our own thorough investigation into the devastating accident to determine if negligence was indeed a factor in Kiersten’s death. Not only do we want to provide closure for the Smith family, but we want to ensure that no other family suffers a similar tragedy.
For more information about crane accidents, contact us at (888) 240-0843 and schedule a free consultation today.