PaintSquare.com
      | Connect Follow us on Twitter Like us on Facebook
About | Subscribe | Advertise
  

 

Download our free Wastewater Treatment Coating Systems eResource Book

Paint and Coatings Industry News

Main News Page


Contractor Fined in Fall from Bridge

Thursday, January 27, 2011

More items for Health & Safety

Comment | More

Vermont-bridge

A Vermont industrial contractor has agreed to pay a state fine of $3,500 for a 22-foot fall suffered by a worker on a bridge redecking project last fall.

Authorities said Lance Richardson, 44, of Claremont, NH, was carrying a sheet of plywood when he stepped through an uncovered four-by-eight-foot hole on the bridge and fell to Interstate 91 below.

Richardson suffered several broken bones—including, authorities thought, both elbows and both knees— but his injuries were not life threatening. Fortunately for Richardson, traffic at the time was light, and the first motorist on the scene happened to be a nurse.

“He was extremely fortunate,” said Robert McLeod, Vermont Occupational Safety and Health Administration compliance program manager. “There was nothing around [the hole]. There was no cover on it.”

Fall Arrest Not Tied Off

The fine, reduced from $5,600, settled one serious violation issued by VOSHA in the case. The agency requires that holes on a walking or working surface more than six feet above a lower level be protected by a guardrail, cover or fall arrest system.

Richardson was wearing a fall arrest system at the time, but he had not tied it off to the cable that ran the length of the bridge for that purpose, McLeod said.

"The company did not make the argument that this was an independent employee act or employee misconduct” and has “provided us with abatement information to assure us it wouldn't reoccur," said McLeod.

A company official told the local newspaper that the company had conducted three training sessions since the accident, including one by an independent agency, on the necessity of abiding by safety rules

The bridge was being redecked as part of a $3.5 million renovation.

J.A. McDonald Inc., based in Lyndon Center, VT, was founded in 1975. The company’s services include sewer, highway, bridge, street, landfill and airport construction.

Previous Citations

The company declined to comment on the settlement this week.

The company has two previous serious citations from VOSHA: one from May 2008, with a penalty of $500 (reduced from $900), and one from August 2006, with a penalty of $600 (reduced from $1,100).

   

Tagged categories: Accidents; Bridges; Fall protection; Health and safety; OSHA; Violations

Comment Join the Conversation:

Sign in to our community to add your comments.

RPB Respiratory
AN INSTANTLY CLEAN VISOR? HOW IS THAT POSSIBLE?

With RPB Safety’s new Nova 3 Cassette Lens System which has been specifically designed to save you time and money! See the benefits for yourself now!


Clemco Industries Corp.
Powerful Protection in a Small Package

Mounts inside blast helmet, alerts operator to dangerous breathing-air condition by audible, visual, and vibratory alarms. Easily calibrated, battery operated.


SSPC: The Society for Protective Coatings
http://www.sspc.org/

Join SSPC and Enhance
Your Career !


Atlantic Design, Inc.
CLICK HERE

to see what we did to this dust collector! ADI can increase the efficiency and life of your equipment! Any brand, for less than new! 866.Call.ADI


Minerals Research & Recovery

HIGH PERFORMANCE ABRASIVES


“Made in the USA!”

Why recycle waste from other countries? Go FASTER, CLEANER, at 1/3 THE COST with MR&R “All-American” Sharpshot®HP!!

WATCH THE VIDEO


US Minerals
US Minerals -
Black Magnum

With nationwide production and distribution capabilities, U.S. Minerals supplies a complete range of coal slag and other abrasives to meet all of your blasting needs.


SAFE Systems, Inc.
Portable Blast &
Recovery Equipment

Trailer or skid mounted blast and recovery equipment. Systems designed for maximum versatility, environmental compliance
and overall cost savings.
Call 1-800-634-7278


Safway Services
One Source. Every Solution.

The Safway Group is your source for multiservices. Painting, coating, insulation and more – all from the most trusted name in the industry.


Bullard

The Next Generation
of Blasting

• Lightest
• Coolest
• Most Comfortable
• Most Dependable


Termarust Technologies
Termarust (HR CSA) Chemically Stops
Active Corrosion

Arch truss treated with Termarust's (HR CSA) in 2003. This steel arch bridge is rust free on all surfaces including the crevice corroded joints and connections.

 
 
 
Technology Publishing

The Technology Publishing Network

The Journal of Protective Coatings & Linings (JPCL) PaintSquare
Durability + Design Paint BidTracker

 
EXPLORE:      JPCL   |   PaintSquare News   |   Interact   |   Buying Guides   |   Webinars   |   Resources   |   Classifieds
REGISTER AND SUBSCRIBE:      Free PaintSquare Registration   |   Subscribe to JPCL   |   Subscribe to PaintSquare News
MORE:      About PaintSquare.com   |   Privacy policy   |   Terms & conditions   |   Site Map   |   Search   |   Contact Us
 

© Copyright 2000-2015, Technology Publishing / PaintSquare, All rights reserved
2100 Wharton Street, Suite 310, Pittsburgh PA 15203-1951; Tel 1-412-431-8300; Fax 1-412-431-5428; E-mail webmaster@paintsquare.com