The Occupational Safety and Health Administration announced fines of $107,900 against four companies responsible in the January death of a painter who fell from a bridge over the Detroit River and died.
Seaway Painting was fined $67,000 in the accident; Walter Toebe Construction was fined $28,700; Rauhorn Electric was fined $8,900 and Soil and Materials Engineers was fined $3,300.
Twenty-eight-year-old Kent Morton fell 140 feet into the river on Jan. 11. He wasn’t wearing a harness and no lifesaving boats or buoys were present at the site. He was not wearing a harness at the time of the accident and the investigation found the scaffolding beneath the bridge wasn’t erected properly.
One of the three cables on the scaffolding gave way as workers were moving it and when Morton was on it. The scaffolding then fell to an almost vertical position and Morton fell to his death. His body wasn’t found for two months.
Each company has 15 working days from the citations to comply with or contest the violations and penalties.
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