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May 01, 2017 09:21 AM

OSHA: Removal Of Load-Bearing Wall Led To Copper Lounge Collapse

OSHA has issued two citations to a Sioux Falls company involved with a December 2016 building collapse that killed a worker.

In the citations, the U.S. Department of Labor says that Hultgren Construction committed two willful violations by not instructing its employees about unsafe conditions on the Copper Lounge worksite.

OSHA alleges that construction workers were also not told how to properly install a temporary shoring system while demolishing the building and that Ethan McMahon died when the last segment of a load-bearing wall was removed.

The two violations come with proposed penalties of $101,400 and Hultgren Construction has 15 days to contest the citations.

The company issued the following statement when contacted regarding the latest citations: 

Each step we take is with the utmost gravity and respect for everyone concerned. We at Hultgren Construction remain committed to working through the process with OSHA and all other concerned parties.

Aaron Hultgren                                                                                                       Hultgren Construction, LLC

Last week, OSHA announced that Hultgren Construction and hiring service Command Center, Inc. were fined for pre-existing working conditions at the Copper Lounge job site.

This is a developing story.

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