OSHA proposed penalties totaling $142,270, the maximum allowed for the alleged violations.
OSHA inspectors determined that the fatality occurred when the elevator platform fell into the elevator pit where the mechanic was working. The Agency also cited the company for failing to train employees about specific hazards found in a permit-required confined space.
“Employers are required to assess the safety of equipment being used in confined spaces to ensure employees working in these spaces are safe from recognized hazards,” said OSHA Columbus Area Office Director Larry Johnson.
The company has 15 business days from receipt of the citations and penalties to comply, request an informal conference with OSHA’s area director, or contest the findings before the independent Occupational Safety and Health Review Commission.
Under the Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970, employers are responsible for providing safe and healthful workplaces for their employees. OSHA’s role is to help ensure these conditions for America’s working men and women by setting and enforcing standards, and providing training, education and assistance. For more information, visit https://www.osha.gov.