Thursday, March 17, 2016

OSHA Fines Wisconsin Contractor $105K After Worker Death

On March 14, 2016 OSHA cited Wisconsin contractor, Lunda Construction Company for six safety violations and fined the contractor $105,000 for its negligence in the September 2015 death of 18-year-old Hagenson.

According to OSHA investigators, Hagenson was mixing concrete when a forklift, driven by an undertrained employee with no use of his right hand, hit and killed him.

While investigating the fatality, federal investigators found several violations of powered industrial vehicle standards including:
  • Workers had no specific training on a rough-terrain forklift.
  • Workers lacked training to recognize hazards and unsafe conditions while operating vehicles.
  • Vehicles were not inspected prior to being placed in service.
  • Workers drove vehicles at unsafe speeds and too close to employees standing in front of fixed objects.
This is not Lunda's first violation. In 2011 it was issued safety violations in nine different inspections and in 2012 two workers died in highway construction.

Mark Hysell, OSHA's area director in Eau Claire commented, "This young man was fresh out of high school with a lifetime ahead of him. His family and friends are left with pain and grief because this man's employer failed to keep him and his co-workers safe. Lunda has a dismal safety record. OSHA will continue to monitor and inspect Lunda sites until the company does the right thing and makes worker safety a priority on its job sites."

For further information see OSHA's original news release.

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