Following the death of a worker last summer at Rock Island Dam, Chelan County Public Utilities District (PUD) hired Lane Powell to conduct a third-party investigation into the events leading up to and causes of the accident. After a several-month investigation, Lane Powell, led by Harold Malkin, presented findings to the PUD Commissioners on Tuesday, March 5.
PUD worker Eddie Bromiley was killed last June when he was struck by a steel swing-rail while crane testing near the dam spill gates. Lane Powell identified two root causes of the accident: (1) a design flaw of the spillgate crane structure dating back to its 1990 engineering, and (2) the PUD’s failure to address employees’ previous safety concerns pertaining to the design flaw. In the report, Lane Powell provided several recommendations for the PUD, including three engineering recommendations and two human organizational performance improvements. Following the findings, Chelan County PUD accepted the report’s findings and stated that they are committed to implementing all recommendations to prevent further accidents.
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