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OSHA Opens Investigation of Penn. State Construction Death

Morgan Crider1 year ago

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has opened an investigation into the death of a Uniontown construction worker on Penn State campus.

Details about the Investigation of the Construction Worker Death

Last Friday, June 12, Jerod Chapman, 29, died as a result of a construction accident at the Burrowes Building renovation project construction site at Penn State, according to the Centre Daily Times

The Centre County Coroner, Scott Sayers, declared Chapman’s death to be accidental due to blunt force trauma that occurred when he was struck by a crane.  Right now, general contractor P.J. Dick, subcontractors Maccabee Industrial, and Maxim Crane Works are under investigation by the federal agency.

It also known that at the time of the accident, Maxim Crane Works, who leased the crane, had an operator present at the site. Leni Uddyback-Fortson, OSHA spokeswoman, stated that each company listed above has been investigated before for violations in the past.

According to Uddyback-Fortson, Maxim Crane Works has been caught with 18 violations since March 2004 and were involved in a similar accident back in September 2010.  Maccabee Industrial has been inspected before as well, and they have received multiple citations for issues such as erecting steel, flammable liquids, scaffolding, ladders, personal protective equipment, and hazard communication violations.

General contractor P.J. Dick has received two inspections since 2006 and was given citations regarding fall protection, hand tools, stairways, flammable liquids, and masonry violations.

Jerod Chapman was pronounced dead at Mount Nittany Medical Center after the accident on the construction site. Maccabee Industrial was his employer.

Statistics about Work Place Accidents

Information below provided by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA):

  • 828 worker fatalities in 2013 were in construction
  • Being struck by an object accounts for 10.1% of construction deaths
  • The leading causes of deaths on construction sites in 2013 were falls, being stuck by an object, electrocution, and caught-in/between objects
  • Fatal work injuries involving contractors accounted for 16 percent of all fatal work injuries in 2013
  • Fall protection, construction is the number one frequently cited standard by OSHA in the year 2014


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