A Gainesville company faces fines in the death of a construction worker this past fall. The company faces fines of almost $50,000 for failing to properly train the worker, equip the worker and support the worker. The worker died at a Gwinnett County worksite.
Simpson Trucking and Grading has been issued four citations by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) following an investigation of the E.E. Robinson Park site in September. The four citations total $49,509 in fines.
The victim, a 29-year-old male, died in a manhole when he was overcome by gas from a leak on the E.E. Robinson Park site. The victim worked as a heavy machine operator for Simpson Trucking and Grading.
Two other workers on the site that day entered the manhole in an attempt to save the victim. One of those workers was seriously injured. Both were temp workers with another construction company working on the site that day.
Simpson Trucking and Grading has contested the allegations levied by OSHA, claiming, “We deny all the allegations that are pleaded in the citation. Simpson Grading is simply not a bad actor.”
The company is family owned and has been in business for over 40 years. In fact, multiple generations of the victim’s family have worked for the company at one time or another.
According to Simpson Trucking, the victim was not assigned to any confined space entry work and that it would never put an employee in a situation where he or she would be required to perform work for which they were not properly trained.
What both sides are trying to figure out is how the victim ended up in the manhole. Both sides want to know if the victim willingly went into the manhole himself, fell into the manhole or was instructed to enter the manhole by someone else on the worksite.
An experienced workers’ compensation attorney can answer all of your questions regarding workplace injuries in Atlanta, Georgia.
Source: WSB-TV, “Company faces fines in construction worker’s death,” Nicole Carr, Feb. 24, 2017