OSHA Investigating Worker’s Fall at Centene Construction Site in Clayton

By on May 18, 2018

From St. Louis Post-Dispatch:  A federal investigation is underway to determine what caused a construction accident that injured a worker Thursday morning in downtown Clayton.

The worker fell at the site of a Centene office building under construction at 7676 Forsyth Boulevard. He was on the 12th floor about 8:25 a.m. when an overhead load fell onto an aluminum floor, creating a hole. The worker fell through the hole to the 10th floor, Clayton Fire Capt. Ryan Harrell said.

The worker’s colleagues helped the fire department get him down to the ground. He sustained non-life threatening injuries and was stable and able to talk before being taken to a hospital in an ambulance, Harrell said.

A St. Louis-based investigator from the U.S. Occupational Health and Safety Administration has started an investigation into the cause of the accident and to determine if laws were violated or corrective action is needed, said Bill McDonald, the area director for OSHA. The investigator will view the job site and equipment and talk to witnesses, he said. OSHA by law has six months to complete an investigation and issue any citations.

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