A worker in Ohio fell 40 feet to his death last August, prompting a $116,900 fine for his employer.
A worker in Ohio fell 40 feet to his death last August, prompting a $116,900 fine for his employer.

The 53-year-old worker fell 40 feet to his death last August. Inspectors from the Occupational Safety and Health Administration said there were no guardrails, safety nets or personal fall prevention devices in place at the time. In addition, OSHA said R&B Contractors didn't offer its employees any training about fall hazards, had not designated a safety monitor and didn't keep records of jobsite injuries and illnesses. "Four of 10 fatalities in the construction industry in 2014 were the result of a deadly fall," Ken Montgomery, OSHA's area director in Cincinnati, said in a news release. "Falls are a leading cause of death for construction workers and can be prevented with proper fall protection. Yet another worker has died needlessly because his employer failed to protect his safety. This has to stop."

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