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Region 4 News Release ATL: 02-221
Mon., Nov. 18, 2002
Contact: Lorette Post - Andre Richards
Phone: 404-562-2078 - (770)984-8700 ext 0
Penalty For Archer Western
ATLANTA, Ga. -- The U.S. Labor Department's Occupational Safety and Health Administration has cited Archer Western Contractors and proposed penalties totaling $76,300 following a double fatality at an Atlanta job site.
OSHA began an inspection on May 7 at the R.L. Sutton Water Reclamation Facility construction site where three workers had been using a formwork system to pour concrete along the rock face of a 200-foot deep shaft. At about 70 feet above the floor of the shaft, part of the formwork and the scaffold to which it was attached collapsed, hurling the workers to the ground. Two were killed and the third employee was hospitalized for severe injuries. A fourth man working at the bottom of the shaft received a broken arm as a result of falling debris.
During the inspection of the accident, OSHA found that 22 of the required 7/8-inch anchors used to secure the formwork system to the shaft wall had been replaced with smaller 5/8-inch anchors, reducing the support capability of the system.
"This employer showed intentional disregard for worker safety," said Andre Richards, OSHA's Atlanta-West area director. "Company officials knew the replacement anchors were smaller than the original ones holding the formwork together. Yet, no action was taken to correct the hazardous conditions."
OSHA cited Archer Western for a willful violation for failing to properly support and brace the formwork system during the pouring of concrete. A willful citation implies plain indifference to, or intentional disregard of, safety regulations.
An additional serious citation was issued because the company failed to adequately train workers, providing specific information concerning the hazards associated with using proper formwork parts and materials.
Western Archer has 15 working days to contest OSHA's citations and proposed penalties before the independent Occupational Safety and Health Review Commission.
Inspection of the water reclamation facility work site was conducted by OSHA's Atlanta-West area office located at 2400 Herodian Way, Suite 250, Smyrna, Ga. 30080-2968; telephone: (770) 984-8700.
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