OSHA Sentences Construction Superintendent for Willful Disregard of Safety Standards Following Worker’s Death

by Admin on March 16, 2012

From OSHA’s Quicktakes section of their website:

Robert Christopher Kennedy has been sentenced in U.S. District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania to six months of house arrest and three years of probation for willfully endangering workers at a Washington County, Pa., construction site. Kennedy’s intentional disregard for OSHA’s safety standards contributed to the fatal fall of Carl Beck from a 40-foot pitched roof in August 2009.

Mr. Kennedy was the superintendent for Hospitality Builders, the general contractor on the worksite where the fatality occurred. His guilty plea follows the 2010 sentencing of Beck’s employer, Christopher Franc, who was on the roof when the worker fell. Investigators found that immediately after Beck’s death, Kennedy told Franc to put fall protection equipment on the roof to mislead OSHA investigators into believing that the gear was in place before the fall. In 2010, OSHA cited Franc’s construction company for 10 per instance willful citations for failing to protect workers from falls, for a proposed fine of $539,000.

Fatalities from falls are the number one cause of workplace death in construction. For more information and educational materials on fall protection, visit OSHA’s Fall Protection page.

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