ROME, Ga. – The federal government in Rome, Ga. fines a plumbing company for the fatal fall of a sewer line worker in July.
Robert Hall was killed on July 13 while working at a high school in Rome. He fell 20 feet while working on a sewage well and died after sustaining internal injuries, officials said.
As previously reported Channel 2’s Tom Joneshe was a father of four and would have been married in October if he hadn’t slipped into the maintenance hole.
This was reported by the Floyd County police Channel 2 Action News he was a plumbing contractor at Armuchee High School when he fell.
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The 34-year-old fell into the hole while on a ladder, officials said. They said that it is impossible to revive after losing consciousness.
This was reported by Hall’s family Channel 2 Action News authorities said he was in the hole for 45 minutes before help arrived and wanted to know how that could have happened.
Now the Occupational Safety and Health Administration is fining his employer, K&D Plumbing, for the safety problems that led to his death.
According to their inspection report, K&D Plumbing in Rome has seven issues with fines totaling more than $180,000.
OSHA has listed the following safety violations and penalties:
- No ladders, steps, or other safe means of exiting trench excavations 4 feet or more deep = $4,688
- On July 12, 2023, in a 6-foot-deep, 60-foot-long trench, the employer exposed workers to a fall hazard because there were no ladders or other safe means of access and egress.
- Worker was working in pits or pits where water collected and no action taken by employer = $4,688
- On July 12, 2023, in a 6-foot-deep, 60-foot-long trench, the employer exposed workers to a cave-in hazard because the employer did not provide protection or controls for the accumulation of water.
- Failure to provide protection by employer to protect employee from debris or other materials = $4,688
- On July 12, 2023, in a 6-foot-deep, 60-foot-long trench, the employer exposed workers to the risk of soil or materials rolling back into the trench because the employer did not provide excavated soil. and uninstalled pipelines are kept at least two feet from the edge of the trench.
- Employer did not inspect excavation prior to commencement of work = $4,688
- On July 12, 2023, an employer exposed workers to a cave-in hazard in a 6-foot-deep, 60-foot-long trench because the trench was not inspected by an authorized person.
- No protective cave system = $4,688
- On July 12, 2023, an employer exposed workers to a cave-in hazard in a 6-foot-deep, 60-foot-long trench because the trench had no protective system.
- No pre-access testing = $4,688
- On July 12, 2023, the employer exposed workers to a hydrogen sulfide inhalation hazard because the employer failed to test the interior atmosphere of a hatch before allowing workers to enter to clear a blockage in a sewer pipe.
- Employer failed to develop and implement a written space access authorization program = $156,259
- On July 12, 2023, the employer exposed employees to fallout and hydrogen sulfide inhalation hazards when the employer did not develop and implement a written permit space access program before employees were allowed to enter hatches approximately 20 feet deep for cleaning. blockage in the sewer pipe.
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