Two Georgia construction companies cited for Newton Co. bridge collapse that killed worker – WSB-TV Channel 2
1 dead after 3 construction workers were rescued from river after bridge collapsed Newton County bridge collapse claims one person’s life
COVINGTON, Ga. – The Federal Occupation Safety and Health Administration cited two Metro Atlanta companies for failing to follow required safety standards on a Newton Co. bridge demolition project in October 2021. A 33-year-old worker years died when the bridge collapsed. day and another worker was seriously injured.
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Channel 2 Action News reports the collapse of the access road bridge crossing the Yellow River. As he was being picked up, investigators said an overloaded section of the bridge collapsed and fell into the river. They said a piece of concrete weighing over 1,700 pounds hit the worker and killed him.
OSHA cited Georgia Bridge and Concrete, the project’s prime contractor, as well as B&D Concrete Cutting of Atlanta for failing to ensure a competent person conducted an engineering survey before allowing workers to begin. the dismantling of the bridge. They also said company staff failed to ensure procedures were in place to prevent structural parts of the bridge from being overloaded while it was being dismantled.
OSHA said these factors put workers at risk of falls and collisions.
“Had employers conducted a proper investigation into this highly technical project, the tragic loss of one worker and serious injury to another may not have occurred,” said Joshua Turner, regional office manager for OSHA in Atlanta-East. “Established safety standards exist to ensure that workers return home safely and do not leave their families, friends and communities to mourn a preventable death.”
OSHA also cited Georgia Bridge and Concrete for not keeping a fire extinguisher within 75 feet of two equipment refueling stations. The agency recommended fines of $31,283 for Georgia Bridge and Concrete and $25,669 for B&D Concrete Cutting.
Under OSHA rules, both companies have 15 business days from receipt of citations and penalties to comply or dispute the findings.
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