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Company Cited for “Entirely Preventable” Construction Death

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Jarod Cassidy3 years ago

A Watertown company could be fined nearly $90,000 in connection to the death of a worker who fell to his death while working at a Pulaski construction site in November.

About the Pulaski Construction Accident

According to the Post-Standard, 23-year-old Kyle Brown of Pulaski, New York fell from the roof of a F.X. Caprara Ford dealership that was under construction while attempting to install metal decking. Brown reportedly had a sheet of decking in his hands when a gust of wind blew him off the roof – he fell 24 feet to the ground below.

Brown was immediately taken to the Upstate University Hospital in Syracuse, but he was pronounced dead roughly three hours after the accident.

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) found that while Brown was wearing a safety harness, he had not been provided a means to connect it to an independent anchorage point. The safety measure could have prevented the fall.

Construction Death “Entirely Preventable”

“This needles fall and resulting death were entirely preventable. Had this company provided its employees with required fall protection equipment, anchorage and training, this young man would be alive today.” – Christopher Adams, OSHA’s area director in Syracuse as published by the Post-Standard

Following an investigation, OSHA determined that MTL Design Inc, Brown’s employer, failed to provide and ensure the use of fall protection safeguards, calling the violation “willful and serious.” A willful violation occurs when a company intentionally, knowingly or voluntarily disregards legal requirements or acts with plain indifference to worker safety and health.

In addition to the willful citation, three other citations were issued in regard to other hazards observed at the work site. The federal agency has proposed fines totaling in $88,900 against MTL Design. The company has 15 business days to contest the findings.

Brown’s death was one of 22 fatalities linked to falls in New York’s construction industry for the year. Failure to provide fall protection is one of the 10 most frequently cited OSHA violations.


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