Contractor cited, fined for 2nd death on Henley Bridge project

Contractor cited, fined for 2nd death on Henley Bridge project

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KNOXVILLE (WATE) - The contractor for the Henley Bridge project was cited and fined by the Tennessee Occupational Safety and Health Administration for the second death of a construction worker.

Solin Estrada Jiminez, 50, was standing on a barge below the bridge in May when he was struck and killed by a chunk of concrete jarred loose from a support beam.

A TOSHA investigation found two serious violations by Britton Bridge LLC at the site.

The report says employees were exposed to falling objects that had no barricade, and weren't warned about the swing hazard of the cranes they were using.

"The employer didn't implement safety measures which would have prevented some of the debris from falling from the top of the bridge, things like canopies, guardrail systems, screens, things like that," explained TOSHA spokesperson Jeff Hentschel.

Wednesday there were still no visible nets, screens or any other devices to catch debris from the bridge. 

6 News spoke with John Van Mol, company spokesperson. He said Britton Bridge has put up fencing and barricades to restrict access to those areas which could be considered danger zones.

Van Mol also said the company has hired an outside consulting firm to review safety procedures.

Fines totaling $7,150 accompany the TOSHA violations.

The first worker killed on the Henley Bridge project was John Womac, 33, of Athens. He died after an accident in January while he was working near a trackhoe.

Britton Bridge released a statement Wednesday saying: "Our goal is to provide a safe workplace every day, and we work hard on training to assure that safety policies and procedures are carried out by our people. Immediately after the accident, we implemented corrective measures that are addressed in the TOSHA report, as well as additional training procedures."

The contractor has 20 days to contest the citations and penalties or to request an informal conference with TOSHA.

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