Two Colorado firms fined after employee falls to death

Two firms have been fined after a construction worker was killed by a fall at a worksite in Greenwood Village, Colorado.

The unnamed employee was killed in March this year after falling while installing metal roofing panels for a storage unit building.

The US Department of Labour’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has fined local companies Hammers Construction and Montes Construction $177,893.

OSHA inspected the worksite and concluded that the firms had failed to use "adequate fall protection", and did not stop employees "from standing on the mid-rails of scissor lifts".

OSHA has previously cautioned Montes Construction in January 2018 for failing to provide fall protection.

David Nelson, OSHA area director, said: "These employers failed to protect their employees from well-known and preventable fall hazards.

"This tragedy could have been prevented if they had met their obligations and provided the required fall protection."

The firms now have 15 days to pay, confer with David Nelson, or contest the findings.

Image: Greenwood Village, Colorado (Wikimedia Commons/Jared Winkler)

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