Gehring Construction and Ready Mix Concrete fined after loader operator dies in accident

Gehring Construction and Ready Mix Concrete could have to pay up $14,630 in penalties following the April death of a 26-year-old employee.

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration released a report detailing its investigation into the accident and found that the death of the employee could have been avoided by Gehring Construction and Ready Mix Concrete.

The loader operator died April 11 after he was struck by a metal tow rope connection. The employee was operating a front end loader when it became stuck in the sand at the facility.

A metal tow rope and chain connected the loader to a concrete mixer truck, but a link in the chain broke due to the pressure. The metal tow rope flew through the window of the front end loader’s cab and hit the worker with a fatal impact.

“This was tragic and preventable death that has forever altered the lives of this employee’s wife and three children,”OSHA’s Area Director in Omaha Darwin Craig said. “No worker should fail to return home at the end of the day. Employers must review their operating and training procedures to ensure that safety is the first priority on the job site.”

OSHA investigators found that Gehring Construction and Ready Mix Concrete committed two serious violations and one other-than-serious violation. The company failed to provide a workplace free of hazards and failed to train employees in the proper towing methods, connecting techniques and use of appropriate towing components.

The company was also cited for failing to notify OSHA within eight hours of a workplace incident – Gehring reported the death two days later.


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