The accident was classified as “serious”, according to A.S OSHA Online Research Tool It was confirmed by an OSHA spokesperson.
Lehman was found to be in violation of federal law specific drilling requirements Regarding the accumulation of water in the ditch, Rule (h) (1).
Workers are prohibited from working in excavations in which there is accumulated water, or in excavations in which water accumulates, unless adequate precautions are taken to protect employees from the risks posed by the accumulation of water. Precautions to protect personnel appropriately vary with each situation, but can include special support or shield systems to protect against cave-ins, removal of water to control the level of accumulated water, or the use of seat belts and lifelines.
Occupational Safety and Health Administration, specific drilling requirements. 1,926,651 (h) (1)
An OSHA spokesperson confirmed that there were other violations cited in 2019 and 2021, which were initially deemed “serious” but later changed by an “informal settlement,” according to online records.
I-Team requested additional information to understand how the process proceeded and whether the company contested these initial violations.
OSHA compliance officers on their way to the site of the fatal bridge collapse on Wednesday.
These compliance officers will see if the company is following OSHA standards and regulations and will investigate the cause of the incident.
They will interview the employer, employees and witnesses, according to an OSHA spokesperson.
One person died and three were injured during the bridge collapse, but a spokesperson for the Clay County Sheriff’s Office said “there were several construction companies at the site at the time of the collapse.”
It was not clear if the four people killed or injured in the accident worked for Lehman Construction, which was founded in 1997 and is based in California, Missouri.
“The Clay County Highway Department stated that there were no safety concerns with the project prior to today,” the Clay County Sheriff’s Office said in an update Wednesday afternoon. “An engineering contractor was on site today inspecting the bridge prior to pouring the deck.”
The sheriff’s office said the investigation would be referred to OSHA investigators.