Worker killed after fall from third-story balcony

OSHA finds unguarded balcony, lack of fall protection to be the cause

Posted November 13, 2015

OSHA found that a fall from a third-story balcony killed a 44-year-old man in Dallas, Texas, as he worked on the exterior of an apartment complex on May 14, 2015. The worker, who had been on the job for one month, was applying stucco underlayment to the balcony walls when the incident occurred. The agency found that his employer had not installed scaffolding and had not provided the employee or his co-workers with personal fall protection.

OSHA cited the Phoenix, Arizona, based employer on November 10 for eight egregious willful and four serious violations. Previously, the state OSHA in Arizona had cited the company seven times for allowing fall-related hazards.

Federal safety and health officials have proposed fines totaling $407,400 for the citations.

The Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that one in five private industry worker deaths in 2014 were in construction. Falls are the leading cause of death for construction workers, accounting for nearly 40 percent of 2014's construction fatalities. Texas leads the nation in construction fatalities. This is the second egregious case involving fall protection there in recent months. Earlier this year, a construction worker in Houston denied a safety harness suffered severe injuries after falling through a roof.


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