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News » US » Colorado contractors cited over worker’s fatal fall » published 28 Aug 2018

Colorado contractors cited over worker’s fatal fall

Two construction companies face substantial penalties following an investigation into the death of a worker on a Colorado site.

The Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA) has cited Hammers Construction Inc and Montes Construction LLC after the fatal fall at a site in Greenwood Village. The companies face proposed penalties of US$177,893.

OSHA inspected the site in March after an employee fell while installing metal roofing panels on a storage unit building. OSHA cited the two construction companies for failing to use adequate fall protection and for failing prevent employees from standing on the mid-rails of scissor lifts.

OSHA had also cited Montes Construction in January 2018 for failing to provide fall protection, and it now faces a ‘willful’ citation.

“These employers failed to protect their employees from well-known and preventable fall hazards,” said OSHA area director. “This tragedy could have been prevented if they had met their obligations and provided the required fall protection.”

Hammers Construction and Montes Construction have 15 business days from receipt of citations and penalties to comply, request an informal conference with OSHA’s area director, or contest the findings before the independent Occupational Safety & Health Review Commission.


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This article was published on 28 Aug 2018 (last updated on 28 Aug 2018).

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