Federal labor authorities have proposed fining a Kansas company more than $13,000 for a fatal work-site accident in Lincoln, Neb.
The federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration has cited Diamond Sawing and Coring LLC of Summerfield, Kan., following an investigation into a May 12 accident. The company has 15 business days to appeal.
Twenty-five-year-old Ryan Hitchler of Waverly died days after falling nearly 20 feet from a lift platform outside a hangar at the Nebraska Air National Guard headquarters in Lincoln. Another man, 21-year-old Preston Gibson of Merriam, Kan., also fell and was injured.
A National Guard spokesman said the pair were repairing a hangar roof when the accident happened.
OSHA called the accident preventable.
A phone call to the company’s publicly listed number in Kansas rang unanswered Thursday. A regional employee who answered at a second listing and said he was in Lincoln declined to comment.
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