AG contractors fined after worker died at construction site


Two Georgia companies have been cited by the Department of Labor after a worker died at their construction site in 2021 when a bridge collapsed and a concrete saw “weighing more than 1,700 pounds hit and fatally injured” the worker, according to the authorities.

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A 33-year-old worker died during a demolition project in Georgia in 2021 when a bridge collapsed after two companies failed to meet safety standards, authorities said.

Now the US Department of Labor cites the companies.

B&D Concrete Cutting Inc. of Atlanta and Georgia Bridge and Concrete LLC of Tucker were cited after a worker died at their project site on Oct. 19, 2021, the agency said in a May 5 press release. .

B&D Concrete Cutting and Georgia Bridge and Concrete did not immediately respond to a request for comment from McClatchy News on May 6.

The companies were working on a demolition project in Covington, a town about 35 miles southeast of Atlanta, according to the release.

The citation said the companies ‘did not carry out a proper engineering study’ before allowing workers to start the project and that there were no procedures in place to prevent ‘structural elements from being overloaded during dismantling operations”. As a result, workers were exposed to and struck by hazards, the agency said.

As the bridge was being deconstructed, an overloaded section collapsed and fell into the Yellow River, according to the agency.

“During the collapse, a concrete saw weighing over 1,700 pounds struck and fatally injured the worker,” the Department of Labor said in the statement. Another employee was injured and hospitalized.

“Had employers conducted a proper investigation into this highly technical project, the tragic loss of one worker and serious injury to another may not have occurred,” said the regional office manager of the OSHA, Joshua Turner in Atlanta-East, in the release. “Established safety standards exist to ensure that workers return home safely and do not leave their families, friends and communities to mourn a preventable death.”

Georgia Bridge and Concrete, the project’s prime contractor, had received about $3 million in May 2021 to rebuild the bridge after it was declared “deficient” by the Department of Transportation, according to the Henry Herald.

Georgia Bridge and Concrete was fined $31,283 and B&D Concrete Cutting was fined $25,669, according to the agency.

Georgia Bridge and Concrete is a bridge and heavy civil construction company specializing in concrete bridges, culverts and other structures, according to its Facebook page. B&D specializes in cutting concrete.

Cassandre Coyer is a McClatchy national real-time reporter covering the Southeast while based in Washington DC. She is an alumnus of Emerson College in Boston and joined McClatchy in 2022. Previously she has written for The Christian Science Monitor, RVA Mag, The Untitled Magazine and Suite.

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