OSHA inspectors determine fatal Taunton aerial lift tip over was preventable

OSHA inspectors determine fatal Taunton aerial lift tip over was preventable

OSHA inspectors have determined that the death of a man, who was operating an aerial lift near Taunton’s Morton Hospital on Aug. 18, 2015 was preventable. According to OSHA, Kevin Maranda‚Äôs employer, Skyline Contracting and Roofing Corp. of Taunton, failed to follow industry and federal safety standards.

The lift’s boom was extended to a height of 45 feet when the lift tipped over. When it did, the operator’s basket hit the ground; the force ejected and threw him 16 feet. The man subsequently died from his injuries, OSHA said on Monday.

OSHA announced on Monday that inspectors found the lift was positioned on uneven ground, a condition that conflicted with both industry safety standards and the lift’s operator manual. Miranda’s fall protection lanyard was not attached to the basket or boom and he was not trained to recognize this hazard, as required by OSHA standards.

“This incident and the needless death that resulted were preventable. Kevin Miranda’s employer was well aware of the necessary safety requirements, yet disregarded them,” said Kenneth Shedden, OSHA’s area director for Boston and southeastern Massachusetts. “Safety standards exist for a good reason: to prevent incidents such as this, and the deaths and injuries that can result. Employers must know and adhere to all applicable standards. The lives and well-being of their employees depend on it.”

OSHA issued citations to Skyline Contracting and Roofing Corp. on Feb. 12, 2016, for two willful violations and one serious violation. OSHA has proposed fines totaling $102,900.