04 May 05
OSHA announces fines for Four Bears Bridge accident
The US Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA) has cited JD Steel Company of Phoenix, Arizona and Fru-Con Construction of Ballwin, Missouri and proposed penalties totalling US$74,700 for safety and health violations on the Four Bears Bridge project. One worker was killed and three others were injured in November 2004 when a when a column about 20m high collapsed and fell into Lake Sakakawea. "The violations resulted because the employer failed to follow basic safety and health requirements for employees working on the Four Bears Bridge site," said Bismarck OSHA area director Bruce Beelman. OSHA cited JD Steel for four alleged serious violations with proposed penalties totalling US$25,200. Fru-Con was cited for nine alleged serious violations with proposed penalties totalling US$49,500. The companies have been given 15 working days to request an informal conference with the area director or to contest the citations and proposed penalties before an independent commission.