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OSHA cites drilling contractor after crane-related death


The U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration has cited a Missouri drilling contractor for three serious safety violations after a 42-year-old worker was killed on a Nebraska job site in June.

The employee was struck in the head by a piece of rebar — a steel reinforcing rod in concrete — that fell from a crane when he was cleaning the area around a foundation hole being drilled for a building under construction, the agency said in a press release issued Thursday.

The Riverside, Missouri-based company CBS Pilings Solutions Inc. was cited for improper rigging of the load, failing to train workers in struck-by hazards associated with working around cranes and suspended loads, and not removing all nonessential employees from the fall zone during crane operations.

The agency has proposed $14,700 in fines, according to the citations.

“Deaths like this, which are entirely preventable, happen all too often in the construction industry and they have tragic consequences not just for the workers but for their families and communities,” Jeff Funke, OSHA's area director in Omaha, Nebraska, said in the statement. “Employers must train workers about these hazards and ensure only qualified riggers are attaching crane loads for overhead operations.”

A company spokesperson could not be immediately reached for comment.