OSHA has cited two Florida construction companies following investigation of a roof collapse in which three workers were killed, reported Business & Legal Reports. The fatal accident occurred in May at a site in Miami Beach.
The agency has proposed penalties totaling $297,500 for Southland Forming, and $30,525 for the general contractor, Boran Craig Barber Engel Construction. According to OSHA, three Southland employees died when formwork and poured concrete for the roof level of a condominium building collapsed, trapping them on the level below. A fourth worker was hospitalized with serious injuries.
OSHA issued four willful citations to Southland, including failure to design and erect formwork that would adequately support the weight of concrete being placed on it. The company, based in West Palm Beach, also received four serious citations. Naples-based Boran Craig also received four serious citations. Two, directly related to the accident, were for exposing workers to the collapse by failing to assure that structures were designed to support concrete and posts were properly attached to formwork.
Florida''s spike in construction fatalities in recent years has made the state the target of a special emphasis program.