Four Construction Companies Fined For Indianapolis Convention Center DeathPosted on Nov 07, 2009
Ermco Electric and FA Wilhelm were both fined $9,000 for two violations: not adequately marking the excavation site where Roberts' lift fell and not adequately covering the excavation site where Roberts' lift fell.
Far West Construction Inc. was fined $3,000 for not marking or covering the hole that caused Roberts' lift to tip.
Finally, Harmon Steel was fined $10,000 for not preventing Roberts' lift from entering the dangerous area where the hole was located. The IOSHA said that Harmon Steel should have provided a barricade, signals, or stop logs to prevent the fatal IN fall accident.
Roberts was trained to use the JLG 800AJ mobile articulating boom lift and, according to his family, was very concerned about construction site safety. The lift toppled after hitting the small hole and struck a steel beam on the construction site. Roberts was the only person injured in the Indiana construction accident. Further investigation found that although Roberts was wearing a safety harness, it was not attached to the safety basket to prevent his deadly fall.