Traylor Bros. Risk Manager Jeff Arnold said the pieces remained scattered as an investigation by the U.S. Coast Guard and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) continues.
No one from OSHA
was available for comment Friday, but Arnold
said investigators would return to the site for further research next week.
The company will conduct its own investigation, Arnold
said, but "right now, the barges are out there and in the same state that they were when the accident happened.We need to get that cleaned up.It's a safety concern."
On Thursday, the eight men were manning two barges to transfer one crane from a damaged barge to a safer one, Arnold
said."There were two cranes involved," he
said three workers were in an opposite corner while Stewart and another man were under the crane.
Both were wearing life vests, and the other worker jumped into the Mississippi River when the crane started coming down, Arnold
The disabled barge they were working on was damaged in an earlier accident when a towboat hit it on the river.Arnold
said it didn't appear to have damaged the crane.
Workers came to the yard Friday, but it was only to meet with Arnold
and others to talk."I'm going to arrange for some grief counseling," Arnold
Workers will have the day off, and Arnold
said they will probably return Tuesday.