Gary Berthelot, sole employee for Berthelot Design Systems, and three other contractors working under Great Southern Building Systems were pouring concrete when a support beneath collapsed. Berthelot was struct by debris and trapped. An investigation by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) found that original building plans called for a wood floor and the contractors never got new engineering plans for concrete.
OSHA issued Great Souther Building Systems one willful violation- exposing workers to being struct by materials - and two serious safety violations. Citations and penalties for Berthelot Design Systems were waived. Great Southern Building Systems has 15 days from the receipt of the citation and proposed penalties to request a conference with the OSHA area director or contest the findings in front of the OSHA Review Commission before they have to pay the $79,800 in penalties:
"Great Southern Building Systems, LLC failed in its responsibility to protect its employees, despite being warned that the floor was unstable," said Eugene Stewart, director of OSHA's Jackson Area Office. "This tragedy could have been prevented had the employer obtained new engineering plans and followed the requirements."