Following an investigation into a fatal fall accident in Lincoln, Nebraska, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has issued two serious citations to a Kansas construction firm. The alleged violations come with $13,300 in proposed penalties.
When OSHA inspectors visited the construction work site, they discovered that employer had altered equipment to accommodate personnel lifting, but it had not evaluated the equipment’s ability to support the alteration. A worker died after falling from an elevated platform that was attached to a skid steer loader to the concrete below. One of the serious citations was for altering the equipment and the other was for a lack of employee safety training.
OSHA issues serious citations when death or serious injury is likely to result from a hazard that an employer know or should have known about. The company has 15 business days from receipt of the citations to comply, request an informal conference with their OSHA area director, or contest the findings.
Kansas Construction Firm Fined $13,300 Following Fatality, OHSonline.com, August 3, 2009
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