OSHA has proposed penalties of $212,396 against Schnabel Foundation Company, stemming from the July 11, 2017, death of a worker who was crushed by a 2,600-pound rock.
The rock was dislodged from the foundation of the historic Woburn, Mass., public library and fatally struck 32-year old Mark Camire.
The contractor was also cited for failing to instruct employees to recognize and avoid unsafe conditions while working beneath the foundation. OSHA cited the company for similar hazards in 2015 when an employee was pinned by a granite block that came loose.
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s standard for concrete and masonry construction — Subpart Q, Concrete and Masonry Construction, Title 29 of the Code of Federal Regulations (CFR), Part 1926.700 through 706 — sets forth requirements with which construction employers must comply to protect construction workers from accidents and injuries resulting from the premature removal of formwork, the failure to brace masonry walls, the failure to support precast panels, the inadvertent operation of equipment, and the failure to guard reinforcing steel.
According to OSHA, Struck-by objects is a leading cause of construction-related deaths.