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Four Construction Companies Fined For Indianapolis Convention Center Death

Posted on Nov 07, 2009
In June of 2009, 55-year-old construction worker Stanley Roberts died at the construction site for the Indianapolis Convention Center after falling over 50 feet. Now the Indiana Occupational Safety and Health Administration (IOSHA) has handed out four different IOSHA safety violation citations to four different construction companies in response to the fatal Indiana construction site accident. Roberts fell from a metal construction lift after the lift fell into a small one-foot deep hole measuring two feet by two feet.  

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.
James R. Keller
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