Gilbane Building Company fined $20,300 in safety citation

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Gilbane Building Company has been cited for North Carolina Occupational Safety and Health Act violations relating to the death of a construction worker who fell about 20 floors from a Charlotte building in May.

The North Carolina Department of Labor says the contractor has been fined $20,300 after 24-year-old Juventino Mata-Hernendez died.

The company was cited for four violations, said Mary Katherine Revels, the department’s public information officer, as reported by the Charlotte Observer.

The citation and notification of penalty

Officials said safety violations include a bridging device not being secured to a hoist, mechanical issues with the hoist and the employer not maintaining programs for inspections.

One excerpt from the citation reads, “a subcontractor’s employee fell out of the hoist when the hoist moved with the gates opened and the safety mechanisms were not functional.”

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