OSHA cites construction company after two workers fall on Washington Avenue in St. Louis earlier this year. The two men were killed when they fell down an elevator shaft in a downtown building. Joey Hale and Ben Ricks were cutting pipe from a suspended scaffold inside the Old Shoe Company building when they fell a total of six floors.
Their employer World Wrecking and Scrap Salvage Services did not provide adequate fall protection, such as a vertical lifeline. Additionally the company was found negligent for regular inspections of scaffold equipment, training workers to identify and avoid fall hazards, as well as properly ground the electric motor on the scaffold.
The total fines for these violations is $23,280. They have 15 business days to comply or respond.