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OSHA CITES PROVO FIRM IN WORKER'S DEATH

The Utah Occupational Safety and Health Administration has cited a Provo construction firm in the death of a worker who was crushed under a collapsing wall.

Latimer H.D. Construction Co. was cited following the Aug. 8 accident at the Foothill Athletic Club in Provo in which 25-year-old Edward George Bean was killed. Two other workers suffered minor injuries.Fines could total $1,750.

The citation accuses the company of failing to conduct an engineering survey of the 20-by-20-foot wall to determine its stability.

"There was no written evidence that such a survey had been made, or required," the violation said.

The citation also accuses the firm of not properly supervising the work.

"During the demolition, the competent person was not on the site," the citation said. "Three employees were allowed to work near weakened walls that were not shored or braced."

The citation also accuses the company of failing to post a safety notice at the construction site, and not making sure the three workers were wearing protective helmets.

The accident occurred when the three workers were attempting to remove a wall to convert three raquetball courts into a basketball court.