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St. Louis Post-Dispatch
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By Ken Leiser, St. Louis Post-Dispatch
Oct. 05--ST. LOUIS -- Builders of the new Mississippi River bridge in north St. Louis were accused of four safety violations in connection with a bridge worker who fell to his death in March.
The U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration recommended the Massman Construction, Traylor Bros., and Alberici joint venture be fined $15,300 for four safety violations deemed serious.
Massman Traylor Alberici officials could not be reached late Thursday. But an OSHA spokeswoman said the joint venture has scheduled an informal conference on Oct. 16.
Andy Gammon, 35, of Park Hills, was a carpenter working for the joint venture team, on a piece of equipment called an aerial man lift when it fell into the river.
In the citation issued last week, OSHA officials said the man lift was "placed on a barge and used by employees without following all manufacturers' requirements for safe use." The Genie N80 boom lift operations manual cautions against using the machine "on a moving or mobile surface or vehicle."
The other alleged violations include:
-- Lack of safe practices and procedures for installation of pipe pilings.
-- Failure to adequately protect employees installing pipe pilings from work hazards.
-- Failure to train employees on the safe operation of the Genie N80 boom lift.
The accident temporarily brought work on the bridge to a halt and set off a massive search in the river just off the Illinois banks of the Mississippi.
The $640 million Mississippi River bridge project includes not only the main span but realignment and reconstruction of Interstate 70 and several local roads on the Missouri and Illinois sides of the river.
With a main span of 1,500 feet, the 400-foot-tall bridge will be the third-longest cable-stayed bridge in the United States.
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So, to be clear, according to the Federal government (OSHA) a carpenter or other tradesmans life is worth $15,300 in Fines on a $640 Million dollar project when the GC, CM & Project Developer fail to properly train workers in specific task orientated safety measures. Don't become a victim through silence. When you see something amiss, speak up & report it. Also, given the tech age we live & work in make sure you document the specific safety violation and request a fromal written response from those in charge. Hold them accountable for their actions and inaction because the life you save may be your own.