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Contractor blamed for death at Kia site

Aug. 4, 2008

COLUMBUS, Ga. (WTVM) - The Federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration blames a contractor for a fatal accident that occured on Kia's construction site earlier this year.

On January 29th, 47 year-old Ollie Tate was killed when a 7,000 pound steel beam fell on him. 

OSHA cited three serious violations with fines totaling $13,200 against Superior Rigging and Erecting in Atlanta.

The company had until Friday, August 1 to appeal the fines.


The company committed three "serious" violations: 

$5,600 --- Employees are required to use synthetic slings or edge caps on steel beams sharp edges. 

$5,600 --- Steel beams significantly exceeded synthetic slings weight capacity.

$2,000 --- During operation, the crane was barricade on the sides, but not the rear--- potentially exposing employees to injury.


 

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