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Two Companies Cited After Worker Fatality

Rachel Moody2 years ago

Private construction companies Messer Construction and Joseph W. Bates Construction have been cited by state officials, who found serious violations of safety laws at a construction site where a dormitory for the University of Kentucky campus is being built. 

The citations come in the wake of the death of 24-year-old worker Isaias Ramos. 

About the University of Kentucky Construction Accident

Ramos was killed on Feb. 19 when construction materials fell from the roof of a dormitory complex that was being built at the UK campus. 

While he was wearing a hard hat at the time of the accident, he suffered a traumatic head injury when 30 mph winds blew a piece of plywood off the roof of Haggin Hall, dropping it 60 feet onto Ramos who was working below. 

The state’s Office of Occupational Safety and Health cited both companies for not conducting an adequate hazard assessment of the work and weather conditions.  A penalty of $6,300 has been proposed against Messer Construction for the safety violations found by state officials at the site and a $4,900 penalty against Joseph W. Bates Construction, who is a subcontractor on the project. 

Jessie Folmar, a Messer spokeswoman, said that company officials will meet with state officials before deciding whether to appeal the penalty.  

Construction Accident Statistics

Following information provided by the U.S. Department of Labor:

  • In 2012, 4,628 workers were killed on the job.
  • Of those, 4,175 occurred in private industry and 806 were related to construction.
  • The top four causes of death in construction are:
    • Falls
    • Struck by object
    • Electrocutions
    • Caught-in/between

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