Posted Nov 28, 2018 at 5:20 PMUpdated Nov 28, 2018 at 5:20 PM
The federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration has alleged serious and willful safety violations and proposed $142,270 in fines against an elevator company whose worker was crushed in an elevator shaft at the site of the new five-story Mount Carmel Grove City hospital.
Randy Wilson, 45, who had recently moved to Worthington, died on April 18 while working for the German-based thyssenkrupp Elevator. Officials said an elevator car believed to weigh around 1,000 pounds fell on him as he worked at the bottom of the shaft.
The thyssenkrupp firm, which has North America operations and a local branch in Westerville, is contesting the federal allegations.
OSHA issued citations in October alleging a serious violation involving failure to ensure that employees had the knowledge and proficiency needed to be aware of and control hazards and a willful violation involving exposing employees to crushing hazards while they worked beneath unsecured hydraulic elevator cars.
The citations required correction of the violations and proposed the fine.
In a statement, thyssenkrupp said it “cares very deeply about this issue and prides itself on meeting or exceeding the most stringent safety standards.
“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,” the statement said. “While thyssenkrupp disagrees with OSHA’s contention that those standards were not met in this case and is contesting those allegations, our organization remains firmly committed to the ongoing safety and well-being of all our valued thyssenkrupp employees as well as the people that rely on us to provide the safest riding experience possible.”
Construction continues at the new hospital, which will include an expanded emergency department, a new patient tower, medical office building and surgical suite, and intensive care, maternity, oncology and palliative-care services. The facility’s targeted opening has been postponed from this month to February.