Company Fined after Worker Crushed to Death by 3,000-pound Concrete Form

February 28, 2017 | Product Liability

Under the Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970, employers are responsible for providing safe and healthy workplaces for their employees. Unfortunately, many employers’ shortcut OSHA standards exposing employees to significant increased risk of harm and workplace injury.

A 47-year-old man was killed in an industrial accident on August 22, 2016 while working at a concrete plant in Lake Hallie, Wisconsin.

According to a report by the Chippewa County Sheriff’s Department, the man was pinned beneath a piece of heavy industrial equipment because some safety measures weren’t followed. The report states that the 3,000-pound concrete form was hoisted four to six feet in the air before it came loose and fell on the worker. The hoist had two hooks – main and secondary. “It is believed that a secondary hook was not fully hooked,” according to the report. “This hook also did not have a safety latch which may have been a contributing factor.” The worker died instantly, suffering massive trauma to his head, chest and abdomen.

Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) recently issued two citations to the Wisconsin company, which has 15 days to pay the $135,804 fine, enter into talks with OSHA, or contest them to the Occupational Safety and Health Review Commission.

In addition to the fines, the company could face a civil lawsuit.

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