Cal/OSHA cited two companies $352,570 for a number of workplace safety and health violations , including ten serious and three willful category violations following an incident in which a man lowered into a 50-feet drainage shaft fell to his death.
Neither one of the companies (D&D Construction Specialties, Inc and Tyler Development,Inc.) followed permit required confined space procedures to work in confined spaces. D&D was cited in 2012 for violating similar safety orders at a different construction site.
Tyler Development was constructing a single-family residence in the Bel Air area and hired D&D Construction to install and service reinforced concrete posts on the property. On October 21, 2016, a construction worker entered the drainage shaft to clean out mud and debris. He was inside a bucket attached to a mini crawler crane with no personal fall protection. After descending 10 feet into the shaft, the worker lost consciousness due to the oxygen deficient atmosphere, fell approximately 40 feet and drowned in one foot water.
“Cal/OSHA launched a confined space educational program to bring attention to the dangers and preventable deaths that occur in confined spaces,” said Cal/OSHA Chief Juliann Sum. “The program helps employers identify hazards and create effective safety plans that include air monitoring, rescue procedures and training before work begins.”
The contractor, D&D Construction has been cited for $337,700 for 13 violations while Tyler was cited $14,870 for five violations, three of them classified as serious violations.