An elevator division of German industrial giant Thyssenkrupp AG is contesting a $142,270 fine connected with the death of a worker crushed at an Ohio construction site.
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration issued two citations Sept. 13 to the Westerville, Ohio, office of Thyssenkrupp Elevator Corp. for three alleged rule violations in April, including crushing hazards underneath an unsecured elevator at a Columbus, Ohio-area hospital construction site.
The citations alleged one willful violation for not creating a safe entry to the confined spaces where workers were installing elevator equipment, for which the agency proposed a $129,336 fine. The agency also sought $12,934 in a proposed penalty for one alleged serious violation of not training Randy Wilson, the deceased worker, on the hazards of working in the pit.
The proposed fines are the maximum allowed for the violations, OSHA said in a statement. Company spokesman Dennis Van Milligen told Bloomberg Law in an Oct. 22 email that Thyssenkrupp is disputing the penalties.
“The passing of Randy Wilson and the effect it has had on his family, friends and colleagues at Thyssenkrupp Elevator remind us why safety is—and always will be—our top priority,” Van Milligen said. He added that Thyssenkrupp disagrees with OSHA’s allegations that “safety standards were not met in this case,” and that the company is contesting the allegations.
The accident occurred on the construction site of a five-story Mount Carmel hospital south of Columbus.
Including the April worker death, Thyssenkrupp has faced seven OSHA complaints, referrals, or incidents in Ohio since 2010, according to agency records.
Thyssenkrupp Elevator had sales of $8.5 billion in 150 countries in company fiscal year 2016-2017, according to a company statement. The company has more than 1,000 locations across the globe. Its parent, Thyssenkrupp AG, has more than 158,000 employees and sales of $45 billion in fiscal year 2016-2017.