OSHA Fines Construction Company for Worker Death

July 16, 2015

A California-based construction company was fined $38,250 by California’s OSHA division for a construction site accident that killed a worker, reports The Press Democrat.

According to The Press Democrat, Jared Overfield, 28, and an employee for Maggiora & Ghilotti, was working on a Highway 101 project that involved replacing an old water pipe near a frontage road.

Overfield was assisting a forklift operator attempting to transport a 40-foot, 8,000-pound concrete-coated steel pipe down a sloping dirt road when the massive pipe rolled down a hillside, crushing him to death.

Maggiora & Ghillotti Inc. was fined for failing to equip the construction site and its equipment with proper worker safety protections.

“This fatality could have been avoided had the required safety measures been in place for working at a hazardous location,” Christine Baker, director for the Department of Industrial Relations, the parent agency overseeing Cal/OSHA, said in a news release.