Sept 13-18

Miami, FL – Five contractors received seven violations with penalties totaling $86,658 in the collapse of a new pedestrian bridge under construction near the campus of Florida International University in March 2018, crushing eight cars underneath the concrete slabs.

One employee died and five other employees sustained serious injuries.

OSHA determined that the companies failed to protect workers despite indications that the bridge could collapse.

Cited violations included exposing employees to crushing and fall hazards and allowing multiple workers to connect to a lifeline that was improperly installed.

The companies cited are:

  • Figg Bridge Engineers Inc.;
  • Network Engineering Services Inc.;
  • Structural Technologies LLC;
  • Munilla Construction Management LLC; and
  • The Structural Group of South Florida Inc.

St. Joseph, MO – OSHA has proposed penalties of $199,183 in the death of an employee of a lumber manufacturer, and for two repeated and 14 serious safety violations.

OSHA opened an inspection of America Walnut Co after an employee suffered fatal injuries when he fell into a machine on March 12, 2018.

The worker was identified as 38-year Joshua Hill. OSHA investigators found the company had failed to evaluate job hazards, control hazardous energy, and ensure machines were equipped with adequate guards, and that it exposed workers to hazards associated with falls, ladders, and electrical safety.

OSHA reported that the observed noise hazards prompted a subsequent health inspection in April 2018 that found the company exposed workers to hazards associated with combustible dust, noise, and the use of chemicals in the sawmill.

OSHA records show American Walnut was fined $15,000 last year after a worker lost part of a finger in a conveyor accident.

American Walnut manufactures a variety of lumber and specialty products, including gunstocks and hardwood slabs used in furniture.