Iowa Firm Fined $357K for Worker’s Death

April 24, 2009

State workplace safety officials have fined a Clear Lake, Iowa, company more than $357,000 for an accident that killed a Latimer man.

Thirty-five-year-old Simon Trinidad died on Jan. 27 after he fell into a metal hopper at Andrews Prestressed Concrete and was trapped in sand.

The Iowa Occupational Safety and Health Bureau issued a citation to the company that says employees at the company were exposed to a 12-feet deep, open hopper that wasn’t protected by guardrails.

The citation also indicated that the company was cited in December 2006 for the same violation.

Andrews Prestressed Concrete makes structural concrete including bridge beams, pilings and deck panels.

Information from: Globe Gazette,

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