OSHA Fines Five Contractors in FIU Bridge Collapse
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration proposed fines totaling $86,658 for five contractors involved with the Florida International University pedestrian-bridge project that suffered a catastrophic collapse on March 15, killing six. “Collectively, these employers failed to take appropriate action and provide the necessary protections to their employees while they were working on the bridge on the day it collapsed,” stated Kurt A. Petermeyer, OSHA regional administrator. Violations included exposing employees to crushing and fall hazards and allowing employees to connect to an improperly installed lifeline. Receiving multiple citations related to the use of improper fall-arrest systems were the project’s general contractor, Munilla Construction Management (MCM), and post-tensioning subcontractor Structural Technologies/VSL. OSHA’s proposed fines totaled $25,868 for both MCM and VSL. Figg Bridge Engineers, the project engineer, was also cited for a serious violation, along with Bolton Perez & Associates and the Structural Group of South Florida.