Federal labor officials propose a western Nebraska concrete company pay a nearly $15,000 fine in the death of a worker in April.
26-year-old Craig Anderson of Columbus died in the accident April 11th while working south of Schuyler.
Anderson worked for Gehring Construction & Ready Mix Company. Anderson, who was operating a payloader, attempted to pull a cement truck stuck in sand with a chain. The chain snapped and struck Anderson. He was pronounced dead at the scene.
The Omaha area Occupational Safety and Heatlh Administration (OSHA) investigated the fatal accident, concluding Gehring Construction failed to implement procedures to adequately protect workers from such fatal accidents.
OSHA found Gehring Construction guilty of two serious and one “other-than-serious” safety violations, including failing to adequately train employees on towing procedures.
OSHA also found Gehring Construction guilty of not notifying the agency in a timely manner. Gehring Construction didn’t notify OSHA until two days after the incident, rather than within the eight hours required by federal law.
“This was tragic and preventable death that has forever altered the lives of this employee’s wife and three children,” said Darwin Craig, OSHA’s Acting Area Director in Omaha in a written statement released by OSHA. “No worker should fail to return home at the end of the day. Employers must review their operating and training procedures to ensure that safety is the first priority on the job site.”
OSHA proposes Gehring Construction pay $14,630 in penalties.