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Burbank construction company faces $80K in OSHA fines

(EVANSTON) A southwest suburban construction company is facing more than $80,000 in fines for failing to protect employees from falls and silica hazards while remodeling a home in August, according to the federal Occupational Health and Safety Administration.

Inspectors observed the Evanston work site on Aug. 25 and found that JW Construction & Plastering, Inc. “exposed workers to fall hazards of up to 25 feet and allowed them to apply stucco without adequate personal protective equipment,” the agency said in a statement.

Scaffold platforms at the work site were not fully planked, safe access to scaffold platforms did not exist and the scaffold was not secured to prevent tipping, the statement said.

OSHA issued two willful, two repeated and three serious safety violations and JW Construction & Plastering, Inc. consequently faces $80,741 in proposed penalties. The company was cited for similar violations in 2014.

The company has 15 business days from receipt of its citations and penalties to comply, request an informal conference with OSHA’s area director, or contest the findings before the independent Occupational Safety and Health Review Commission, the statement said.

“Preventable falls account for nearly 40 percent of all deaths in the construction industry, and silica presents a health hazard that can cause irreversible lung damage that can lead to long-term health concerns,” Angeline Loftus, OSHA’s area director at its Chicago North office in Des Plaines, said in the statement. “OSHA is committed to protecting construction workers from unnecessary illness, injuries or worse.”

OSHA investigating Park Forest industrial fatality

(PARK FOREST) The Occupational Safety and Health Administration has opened an investigation into an industrial accident that left a 24-year-old man dead Monday in south suburban Park Forest.

Milos Grujic, who was employed as a delivery driver by Delta Currier Group in Alsip, was killed when a load from a powered industrial truck became unstable and struck him, according to OSHA and the Cook County medical examiner’s office. He lived in the 200 block of 10th Avenue in Seattle, Washington.

He was standing next to his truck while another worker unloaded large water main pipes from it at a construction site, according to a statement from the Village of Park Forest. Several of the pipes fell off the truck and crushed him.

Grujic was pronounced dead at noon Monday at St. James Hospital in Olympia Fields, the medical examiner’s office said. An autopsy Tuesday found that he died from multiple blunt force injuries, and his death was ruled an accident.

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UPDATE: OSHA investigates fatal crash with luggage vehicle at Midway

(CHICAGO) The Occupational Safety and Health Administration has opened an investigation after a man driving a luggage vehicle was killed in a crash Friday night at Midway International Airport on the Southwest Side.

About 11:20 p.m., 52-year-old Michael Yates was ejected from his luggage vehicle when it crashed into another luggage vehicle at Midway, police and the Cook County medical examiner’s office said.

Yates, of the 400 block of Heather Lane in Carol Stream, was taken to Advocate Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn where he was pronounced dead, authorities said. An autopsy Saturday found Yates died of multiple injuries suffered in the crash and his death was ruled an accident.

A Chicago Department of Aviation spokeswoman said the crash involved Southwest Airlines employees and referred all questions about the incident to Southwest and Chicago Police.

“After an accident involving ground equipment, one of our ramp agents at Chicago Midway passed away last night,” Southwest spokeswoman Melissa Ford said in a statement. “Our hearts go out to his family during this difficult time. Resources are on site to support our Southwest family at Midway.”

As of Monday morning, OSHA has opened an investigation into the incident, according to spokeswoman Rhonda Burke.

The police Major Accidents Investigation Unit is also investigating the crash.