OSHA fines Lunda Construction $105,000 in Bong Bridge Death
Lunda Construction Company is facing up to $105,000 in fines after a worker died on the Bong Bridge last September.
18-year-old Kelsey Hagenson died from multiple blunt-force injuries during a forklift accident. Hagenson, a carpenter’s apprentice, was mixing concrete for the bridge resurfacing project when a forklift struck and killed him. Another worker was injured in the accident.
The OSHA investigation found the construction company allowed an employee to operate a forklift even though he had restrictions specifying no use of his right hand, and lacked training.
OSHA cited Lunda Construction for one willful and five serious violations. The company has also been placed in the Severe Violated Enforcement Program, which focuses resources on employers who show indifference toward safety standards by committing willful, repeated, or failure-to-abate violations.
The investigation also found that the company failed to include plans for prompt medical attention in case of a serious injury.
Since 2012, three workers have died while working on Lunda’s highway construction projects.
In 2012, two workers died on U.S. Route 41 construction sites near De Pere and Oshkosh.
Since 2011, OSHA has issued safety violations to Lunda in nine different inspections.