Atlanta, Georgia-based constructor contractor Martin-Pinero CMP LLC, was hit with $170,020 in penalties for violations related to a worker killed on the job in February 2020. The worker after falling while attempting to install permanent metal decking on the I-400/I-285 fly over bridge ramp in Atlanta.
Leoniso Sandoval, 49, of Norcross died while working on the major roadway project on Feb. 13, 2020. First responders were able to reach Sandoval and get him to the hospital. He later died from his injuries, AJC reported.
The company was cited by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) on April 10, 2020, for exposing employees to fall hazards by failing to ensure employees used a horizontal lifeline system and fall protection as required by law. Martin-Pinero was also cited for failing to secure metal decking before allowing workers to use it as a walking surface, provide fall protection training, and conduct job site inspections to ensure the use of all applicable safety measures.
“Allowing employees to work at heights without using proper fall protection methods increases the risk of serious or fatal injuries,” said OSHA Atlanta-West Area Office Director Jeffery Stawowy. “Employers have an obligation to ensure the working conditions they ask employees to operate under are free of recognized hazards.”
Last October, another contract worker was killed while working on the interchange.
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