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.