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OSHA Probes Steel Fabricator after Death

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

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Federal workplace safety regulators are investigating the crushing death of a worker at a structural steel facility in Bensalem, Pennsylvania.

Local news reports indicate that a 57-year-old employee of Samuel Grossi & Sons Inc. was fatally injured around noon on Monday (Jan. 16) when a large steel beam fell on him. Authorities said the man was a welder who had been working alone at the time of the incident, according to the Bucks County Courier Times.

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The company provided structural steel for the Pennsylvania Convention Center in Philadelphia.

Employees at the plant first discovered the victim under the fallen beam, reports said. Additional details surrounding the incident were not immediately available Tuesday (Jan. 17).

Authorities had not identified the victim as of Tuesday afternoon.

OSHA Opens Case

The U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration has opened an investigation into the case. It could take up to six months for the agency to issue citations, if warranted.

Samuel Grossi & Sons Inc. did not immediately respond to a request for comment on the incident. According to the company’s website, it is the largest fabricator and erector of structural steel in Philadelphia area and has been in business since 1946.

The company has provided tons of structural steel to many of Philadelphia’s iconic buildings and facilities, including the Pennsylvania Convention Center and the FMC Tower, its website shows.

‘Similar’ Incident

The Trentonian reports that an “eerily similar” fatal accident happened in August 2008.

OSHA investigated that case, noting as part of its investigation that a beam dislodged from a crane being used to load steel beams to a flatbed trailer striking the employee and fatally crushing him, according to OSHA's database.

The company was cited for four serious hazards and paid $2,775 in a formal settlement with the agency.

A review of OSHA’s database shows that Grossi & Sons was most recently cited in July 2013 for machinery hazards. The company also settled that case, paying a fine of $1,666.


Tagged categories: Accidents; Commercial / Architectural; Fatalities; Good Technical Practice; Health and safety; OSHA; Regulations; Steel; Structural steel; Substrates

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