Contractor cited over bridge collapse…

Blame for bridge collapse caught on camera levelled at contractor.

A Pennsylvania contractor has been cited for “serious” violations that federal investigators say led to the partial collapse of a north central Pennsylvania bridge in June last year, injuring at least two workers.

Records released to Pennlive by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) on Tuesday blame contractor Francis J. Palo Inc. of Clarion Borough in Clarion County, Pa. for a flawed engineering process and failure to ensure the 103-year-old Pennsy bridge in Ridgway, Elk County, could support the weight of heavy equipment during construction.

The bridge was undergoing a $2.2 million PennDOT-approved overhaul and replacement meant to remove it from Elk County’s list of structurally deficient spans. Work has since been completed and the bridge reopened.