Employers at a post-Hurricane Katrina job site recently agreed to settle a lawsuit brought by the family of a Texas construction worker who died while doing repair work at a warehouse in Louisiana. Bobby Patton was working on a hurricane-damaged roof when he fell through an unmarked skylight to the concrete floor.
The lawsuit alleged that the general contractor, the roofing company and the building owner failed to properly mark the skylight openings or provide protection for Patton.
As a result of the accident, OSHA cited the roofing contractor, Texas Single Ply, for three safety violations, including serious and willful violations of the fall-protection standard.
In 2005, an administrative law judge reduced the proposed penalties from $10,000 to $5,000. The case, which was to be heard in Johnson County, Texas, was settled for $700,000 on June 15.
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