OSHA Finds Violations in Deadly Rochester Construction Accident
Rochester, MN (KROC AM News) - The investigation into the death of a construction worker in Rochester earlier this year has led to possible penalties against the man’s employer.
The accident happened February 27th at the Microtel Inn and Suites that was being built at the Shoppes on Maine complex.
According to Rochester police, workers were installing a section of a wall on the 3rd level when the lifting mechanism on the equipment being used to raise the piece apparently dropped and hit the man. The victim was 30-year-old James Sandmire of Lehi, Utah. He was working for the Far West Construction company of Utah.
OSHA’s investigation into the deadly incident led to the filing of two serious violations. Records show one deals with operator training and the other with alteration of tools and equipment. Each violation carries a proposed penalty of $25,000.
Far West has contested the findings and the case remains open.