OSHA Fines Contractors in Connection with Man's Fall from Boom Lift into Mississippi River

After a bridge worker fell to his death, builders of the new Mississippi River bridge in north St. Louis were accused of four safety violations in connection to the fall. OSHA recommended the Massman Construction, Traylor Bros., and Alberici joint venture be fined $15,300 for four safety violations the organization deemed as serious.

 

Andy Gammon was a carpenter working for the joint venture team from on a boom lift when it fell into the river. In the citation issued last week, OSHA officials said the aerial lift was "placed on a barge and used by employees without following all manufacturers' requirements for safe use." The  boom lift operations manual cautions against using the machine "on a moving or mobile surface or vehicle."

 

\Other alleged violations include lack of safe practices and procedures for installation of pipe pilings, failure to adequately protect employees installing pipe pilings from work hazards, failure to train employees on the safe operation of the boom lift.