The United States Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) cited a foundation company for failing to protect workers from crushing hazards during a foundation installation project. A worker was killed when a rock fell from the foundation and struck the worker.
Inspectors visited the site of the Woburn Public Library after a 2,600 pound rock dislodged from the foundation and struck and killed an employee. Schnabel Foundation Company received citations for failing to protect employees against crushing hazards, and for failing to instruct employees to recognize and avoid unsafe conditions while working beneath the foundation. The company was cited for similar hazards in 2015, when an employee was pinned by a granite block.
The Sterling, Virginia based company is facing fines of $212,396.
“Failure to supply proper safeguards and training has led to a needless and avoidable death,” said OSHA Andover Area Office Director Anthony Covello. “It is imperative that employers train their employees, and equip them with the necessary tools to prevent crushing and other hazards.”
Read the OSHA news release here.