WALKER -- OSHA has fined a construction firm after the building they were erecting collapsed here Jue. 27, injuring seven workers
The Minnesota Occupational Safety and Health Administration found that Glenn Construction, which was building a showroom for Larson Motor Service just south of Walker, was in violation after the truss framework on which the seven workers were on collapsed, dropping them more than 20 feet to the ground.
In its findings, OSHA reported Glenn Construction didn't use adequate braces for the wood trusses being installed at the site, that a safety program wasn't provided for the employees at the construction site, that the construction company didn't instruct each employee in recognition and avoidance of unsafe conditions and training specific to fall hazards wasn't provided.
The construction company was fined $2,500 and given the abatement guidelines for safety equipment such as the use and operation of guardrail systems, personal fall arrest systems, safety nets, warning lines, safety monitoring systems.
Glenn Construction was also given abatement guidelines for safety programs, such as identifying and controlling existing hazards, investigating and correcting accidents and enforcing workplace rules and communicating them to employees.
Glenn Construction has until Sept. 12 to contest OSHA's findings. If the company chooses not to contest them, the violations must be corrected by Sept. 12.
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