Firefighter Larry Heczko lost his life in an accident on November 13, 2014, when a wall he was working on collapsed. He fell 12 feet and was crushed by the wall’s debris, dying instantly.
The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) is investigating the death to figure out whether or not Heczko’s employers could have done anything to prevent it. Safety systems, management, worker participation, training and hazard identification are all under OSHA’s scrutiny to try to solve the case before the six-month statute of limitations expires.
It is currently unclear why the wall collapsed. Construction companies are required to follow specific guidelines in the construction of concrete-related structures, and OSHA is trying to figure out if the wall’s formwork was removed too early, if the masonry walls were properly braced, if precast panels were supported and whether or not improper equipment use contributed to this tragedy.
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