Companies cited for safety violations after deadly Adams County power plant collapse

Multiple workers are unaccounted for in the collapse of a former power plant in Adams County,...
Multiple workers are unaccounted for in the collapse of a former power plant in Adams County, according to the Adams County Sheriff's Office (FunksBrother, CC BY-SA 4.0, via Wikimedia Commons)(FunksBrother, CC BY-SA 4.0, via Wikimedia Commons | FunksBrother, CC BY-SA 4.0, via Wikimedia Commons)
Updated: May. 25, 2021 at 11:07 AM EDT
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ADAMS COUNTY, Ohio (FOX19) - Two Michigan companies have been cited for safety violations at the Killen Power Plant demolition site in Adams County where two men were killed in December.

Jamie Fitzgerald and Doug Gray died when steel beams fell on them as they were tearing down the former coal fire plant. Three other workers were rescued.

Adamo of Detroit and SCM Engineering Demolition Inc. violated the general duty clause and failed to inspect the site regularly to detect potential hazards resulting from the demolition process, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OHSA) said Tuesday.

An investigation found the companies allowed employees to work in hazardous conditions, OHSA determined.

The companies also failed to train workers on identifying potential hazards.

“Some of the most dangerous construction projects are those that involve demolishing buildings,” OSHA Area Director Kenneth Montgomery in Cincinnati said. “This tragedy could have been prevented if the employer protected their workers with proper planning, training, and appropriate personal protective equipment and by complying with OSHA standards.”

OHSA proposed penalties of $181,724 to Adamo while SCM Engineering faces $12,288 for its violations, according to OSHA.

Both companies have 15 business days from receipt of the citations and penalties to comply, request an informal conference with OSHA’s area director, or contest the findings.

The Adamo Group released the following statement:

“The Company has received the citations and is in the process of reviewing them. The Company fully cooperated with OSHA at all times in the post accident inspection of this very unfortunate incident.

“Adamo does not agree with the citations and has contested that there was a violation and will be communicating with OSHA regarding an informal resolution of the citations. We do not believe it is appropriate for anyone to discuss the citations while that process is proceeding.

“Finally, the Company was at all times and continues to be committed to the safety and health of its employees and other persons at this project.”

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