On June 19th, Minnesota-based Abhe & Svoboda, Inc. was slapped with a $189,000 OSHA fine after Oregon state safety regulators found nine safety violations during the investigation of an incident at Ross Island Bridge last February. A bridge painter fell nearly 40 feet down a ladder opening and landed on another painter who was working below.
Fortunately, both workers survived — but suffered very serious injuries.
Inspection reports showed that the painter who fell wasn’t equipped with a fall protection harness which could have prevented the accident. But the more troubling discovery