Feds Investigate Fatal UT Dallas Crane Collapse

CBS Dallas / Fort Worth

RICHARDSON (CBS 11 NEWS) – Fifty-year-old Terry Weaver, of Grand Saline, labored five days a week as an ironworker, then spent his weekends working on cranes.

Saturday afternoon, Weaver –– himself a father and grandfather –– was helping dismantle a crane at the University of Texas at Dallas when strong winds gusting 50 miles an hour blew through campus.

The crane’s tower collapsed, killing Weaver and a second worker, Thomas  Fairbrother, Jr., 58.

“He had a tough job and we always worried about him,” said his father, Loy Weaver.

“He died doing what he loved,” his 29-year-old daughter said over the phone.

Federal investigators from the Occupational Safety and Health Administration were on campus this weekend.  The agency confirms it is investigating the subcontractor, Harrison Crane and Hoist, who employed Weaver and Fairbrother to determine if any negligence contributed to their death.

An OSHA spokesperson said the company has…

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