Four Indiana companies face fines and citations related to the construction death of an Indiana steelworker earlier this summer. Stanley Roberts of Indianapolis, died in the June accident. He was working on the new expansion project for the Indianapolis Convention Center. Roberts was working in a lift that drove into a hole, throwing him from the basket and to his death. The hole, two-foot square was nearly a foot deep.
The Indiana Occupational Safety and Health Administration (IOSHA) cited FA Wilhelm and Ermco Electric $9000 each for two serious violations. They were cited for failure to adequately mark or cover the excavation site.
The Far West Construction Inc. was also fined $3,000 for failure to adequately mark or cover the hole.
Harmon Steel was fined $10,000 for failing to provide a warning system, barricade, hand signals or stop logs. These could have prevented the lift from entering the dangerous area.
Original reports questioned whether Roberts was wearing a faulty safety harness or if he was locked into the lift’s safety railing. IOSHA’s citations fail to address this issue at this time.