OSHA Finds Georgia Contractor Could Have Prevented Worker Death

OSHA Finds Georgia Contractor Could Have Prevented Worker Death

Landmark Erecting Inc. left the 31-year-old worker open to fall protection hazards.

Following the death of a 31-year-old worker at an Arcadia, Florida, work site, OHSA has proposed $46,550 in penalties for Georgia-based contractor Landmark Erecting Inc.

According to a recent release, the worker was installing metal roofing sheets as part of a three-person crew in November 2023 when he suffered a fatal fall of 12 feet onto a concrete slab. An OHSA investigation determined that Landmark Erecting could have prevented the incident if it had adhered to federally mandated safety measures.

A similar incident occurred at a site in Tallahassee in January 2023. Now OSHA has cited Landmark Erecting with a repeat violation for the lack of fall protection, a serious violation for failure to provide timely medical treatment and an other-than-serious violation for not reporting the work-related fatality within the required 8-hour window.

“Landmark Erecting’s repeated failure to follow required safeguards to protect employees from falls, especially after we cited the company less than a year earlier for exposing workers to this potentially deadly hazard, is inexcusable,” OSHA Area Director Danelle Jindra in Tampa, Florida, said in a statement. “All employers – construction industry employers included – are legally obligated to provide workers with a safe and healthy work environment.”

Landmark Erecting—which specializes in the construction of prefabricated metal buildings—now has 15 days to comply with the citations, seek a conference with OSHA’s area director, or contest the findings before an independent commission.

About the Author

Robert Yaniz Jr. is the Content Editor of Occupational Health & Safety.

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