OSHA Weighs In On NC Man's Death

Federal labor officials say a North Carolina man's death could have been prevented if required safeguards had been in place at the Niagara Falls construction site where he fell.

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration proposed
fining DEC Management of Athens, Ga., 40,000 dollars for six
alleged serious violations of safety standards.

August Corviso of Garner died and another man fractured both
legs Oct. 3 after a concrete panel on which they were standing
shifted and fell. The men were helping build a four-story Holiday
Inn near Niagara Falls International Airport.

OSHA inspectors determined the panel was not secured and lacked
the strength and structural integrity to support the workers. The
agency also says the employees lacked required fall protection and
had not been trained in fall hazards.

DEC Management could not be reached for comment. The company has
15 business days to contest the finding.