The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has cited five contractors who had been working on the Florida International University (FIU) pedestrian bridge that collapsed March 15, killing five motorists and one worker and injuring five others. The agency has also proposed fines totaling $86,658 for the group of companies.
- OSHA issued Figg Bridge Engineers and engineering and inspection firm Network Engineering Services one serious violation each and proposed that each firm be fined $12,934 for exposing employees to physical danger by not removing them from the bridge area when cracks were observed.
- The agency proposed fines of $25,868 for both post-tensioning specialty contractor Structural Technologies and general contractor Munilla Construction Management and cited both companies with two serious violations each for failing to provide adequate personal fall arrest systems.
- Finally, OSHA issued concrete formwork contractor The Structural Group of South Florida one serious violation and a proposed fine of $9,054 for also failing to provide an adequate personal fall arrest system. The worker who died, Navaro Brown, worked for Structural Technologies.
“Collectively,” said Kurt A. Petermeyer, OSHA regional administrator, “these employers failed to take appropriate action and provide the necessary protections to their employees while they were working on the bridge on the day it collapsed.” All five companies have 15 days from the receipt of the citations and notice of proposed penalties to protest, request an informal hearing or comply.
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See OSHA’s Sept. 18, 2018 press release here: https://www.osha.gov/news/newsreleases/region4/09182018
See earlier article on NTSB reports here: https://gtpac.org/2018/08/23/new-ntsb-report-on-fiu-bridge-collapse-stops-shy-of-naming-a-culprit/