NASHVILLE, TN – The Tennessee Occupational Safety and Health Administration (TOSHA), is investigating the death of a worker who fell from the fourth floor of an apartment building under construction, in the 600 block of 11th Avenue North.
According to reports, 42-year-old Fausto Flores apparently lost his balance while cutting a wooden handrail. He was pronounced dead at the scene.
Preliminary reports indicate there was no guardrail or personal fall arrest system in use by Flores. According to Chris Cannon, the spokesperson for the Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development, there have been 21 workplace fatalities in the state in 2017, and nearly half – 10 worker deaths – have been related to construction.
According to OSHA in 1926.501(b)(1) – “Unprotected sides and edges” – “Each employee on a walking/working surface (horizontal and vertical surface) with an unprotected side or edge which is 6 feet (1.8 m) or more above a lower level shall be protected from falling by the use of guardrail systems, safety net systems or personal fall arrest systems.
Construction Enterprises of Franklin is the contractor in charge of the site. TOSHA has no records of violations from that company in the last five years.
Inspectors say it will take them six to eight weeks to put together a full report.