OSHA Investigation of Fatal Incident Leads to Citations and Penalties of Three California Contractors

OSHA Investigation of Fatal Incident Leads to Citations and Penalties of Three California Contractors

A 3,000-pound metal gate falls on a construction worker.

A tragic accident cost one man his life. Just one month after Agua Caliente Casino Cathedral opened, a metal gate near the casino’s loading dock collapsed, crushing a 41-year-old construction worker under its 3,000-pound weight.

An OSHA investigation followed the tragedy that happened on December 7, 2020. According to a press release, the administration found that the project’s contractor’s—Penta Building Group, No Limit Steel and The Raymond Group—failed to conduct inspections to find any hazards, instruct employees on how to recognize workplace dangers and install caution signs where needed. The three contractors face $64,169 in combined penalties.

“Required oversight and communication related to workplace safety and health could have prevented this tragic loss of life,” said OSHA Area Director Derek Engard in San Diego. “This case is a painful reminder of why employers must make complying with workplace safety standards a priority.”

OSHA offers compliance assistance resources for the construction industry and the management of multi-employer construction projects. According to a press release, the company has 15 business days from receipt of its citations and penalties to comply, request an informal conference with OSHA’s area director or contest the findings before the independent OSH Review Commission.

About the Author

Shereen Hashem is the Associate Content Editor for Occupational Health & Safety magazine.

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