OSHA: Fatal Aerial Lift Tip Over Was ‘Preventable’

Fatal Rock-Striking Accident

BRAINTREE, Mass. – OSHA has found that Kevin Miranda’s death could have been prevented if his employer, Skyline Contracting and Roofing Corp. of Taunton, had followed industry and federal safety standards, an inspection by OSHA has found.

Miranda was operating an aerial lift near Taunton’s Morton Hospital on Aug. 18, 2015. The lift’s boom was extended to a height of 45 feet when the lift tipped over. When it did, the operator’s basket hit the ground; the force ejected and threw him 16 feet. Miranda subsequently died from his injuries.

OSHA inspectors found the lift was positioned on ground that was not level, a condition that conflicted with both industry safety standards and the lift’s operator manual. In addition, Miranda’s fall protection lanyard was not attached to the basket or boom. They determined his employer had not trained him to recognize this hazard, as required by OSHA standards.

OSHA cited Skyline Contracting and Roofing Corp. on Feb. 12, 2016, for two willful violations and one serious violation. Proposed fines total $102,900.

The company has 15 business days from receipt of its citations and proposed penalties to comply, meet with OSHA’s area director or contest the findings before the independent Occupational Safety and Health Review Commission.