Fatality Brings Fines for Elevator Maker

Tuesday, October 23, 2018 @ 06:10 PM gHale

ThyssenKrupp Elevator Corporation is facing $142,270 in fines for failing to secure an elevator platform at a Grove City, Ohio, construction site where a mechanic suffered fatal injuries, said officials at the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA).

OSHA’s proposed penalties are the maximum allowed for this particular incident.

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Inspectors determined the fatality occurred when the elevator platform fell into the elevator pit where the mechanic was working.

OSHA 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.

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