39-year-old Jason Oenbring of Tecumseh fell 21 feet to his death while installing metal roofting sheets on a commercial building in Raymond for Custom Contracting of Lincoln in October. Oenbring had been on the job for two weeks.
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration recommends Custom Contracting be fined $36,000.
According to OSHA, Custom Contracting failed to provide protection that could have save Oenbring’s life. OSHA cited Custom Contracting for six serious safety violations after its investigation of the fatal accident.
Falls are a leading cause of death for construction workers.
“Fatal incidents like these are entirely preventable. They have tragic consequences for the victims, their families, and their communities,” said Jeff Funke, OSHA’s area director in Omaha, said in a written statement released by OSHA. “Construction industry employers must protect workers from falls which continue to be the leading cause of worker’s death in the construction industry.”
Federal investigators determined Oenbring stepped into an opening after a metal roofing sheet was removed and fell. OSHA says Custom Contracting failed to provide safety nets or harnesses.
The agency also found the company failed to train workers to:
Recognize fall hazards.
Render first aid.
Operate powered industrial vehicles.