Missouri Company Fined $870k Following Two Worker Deaths
After the U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) investigated these cases, they found a number of serious safety violations that could have led to the deaths of their workers. More specifically, the OSHA found that the Pevely, Missouri, construction company was not providing their workers with safety harnesses, scaffolding gap guards, and other mandatory safety equipment that would prevent fall accidents, fall injuries, and fatal falls. All in all, the OSHA cited Thomas Industrial Coatings for six serious violations and twelve willful violations. The fines came to a total of $871,500 in penalties. Two of the accidents took place in the Kansas City area, while the third worker accident took place in St. Louis.
The company appealed the fines, saying that they should not have to pay for the same violation for every worker that was put into danger. However, an Administrative Law Judge of the Occupational Safety and Health Review Commission ruled to uphold the decision, the violations, and the fine.