By Mark Walker and Joe Sneve
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has issued two new citations for Hultgren Construction, which was involved in a fatal Sioux Falls building collapse on December 2, 2016. The collapse killed one construction worker and trapped an apartment resident under the rubble for hours.
According to OSHA, Hultgren willfully disregarded safety precautions that could have prevented the collapse. The citations indicate that the company told employees to remove two load-bearing walls but did not provide instruction on how to install a temporary support system. In addition, OSHA says the company also failed to conduct an engineering survey before beginning demolition work.
The new citations come with $101,400 in proposed penalties - and addition to the more than two dozen other citations and $100,000 penalty issued related to the construction cite.(more on the building collapse and the latest citations against Hultgren Construction...)