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OSHA investigation results in heavy fines

A construction company has been deemed responsible by a federal safety agency after a worker died on the job. After the incident, an OSHA investigation has resulted in the company having to pay thousands of dollars in fines for the alleged violations. While this construction company is not located in California, this agency investigates workplace accidents in every state.

The accident occurred earlier this year when a construction worker attempted to strap himself to a support structure in order to continue work on the next section of the building. The structure that was to support the workers, however, was later determined to have not been properly anchored in place. The support gave way and fell on top of the man, resulting in his death from crush injuries.

The following investigation by the federal agency has reportedly determined that the construction company committed several serious safety infractions. The support structure was not properly installed with the accompanying support materials. The worker had not been trained in the steps concerning proper anchoring of support structures. In addition, the company has been accused of not regularly inspecting the job site to ensure that safety measures were being implemented and followed as mandated.

The OSHA investigation has led to the construction company being fined in excess of $20,000. According to previous reports, this same company has been fined in the past regarding its safety practices. For the man who has died from this accident, no fines will ever return him to his grieving family. However, for help with the financial burden that this tragedy has brought to his family, they will most likely qualify for death benefits from the workers' compensation insurance program. California workers have access to this insurance program, which has been instituted in order to provide monetary assistance to injured workers in the event of a workplace illness or accident (or their families when, as here, a worked dies in a work accident.

Source: Boston Herald, OSHA fines Avon co. in death, Donna Goodison, Oct. 26, 2013

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