Construction company fined after bridge worker death

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by Maggie Ruper

WHAS11.com

Posted on July 30, 2012 at 11:14 PM

Updated Tuesday, Jul 31 at 4:12 AM

(WHAS11) -- Walsh Construction is facing two $5,000 fines after an Indiana OSHA investigation revealed they had two serious safety violations.

Worker Roger Cox died in May after the aerial bucket he was in got trapped between a steel beam while working on the bridge between Madison, Indiana and Milton, Kentucky. The coroner ruled that he died from a lack of oxygen to his brain. The OSHA investigation revealed the company failed to train Cox properly.

Cox’s family said the fines are not enough.

“To them it's pocket change. It's like me going next door and buying a Coca-Cola,” said Tim Cox, Roger’s brother.

State OSHA officials said they can only impose fines and mandate the company fix the violations. They do not have the authority to file criminal charges, but they said Cox’s family can still pursue legal action.

“It shouldn’t be about money at all. OSHA’s got regulations and they've got to fine people, but somebody still should be held accountable, criminally responsible,” said Cox.

Walsh Construction has 15 days to pay the fines. State officials said they already fixed the violations and trained their employees before the inspection was over.

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