August 4, 2016
By Steven Wishnia and Neal Tepel
Somerville, MA – The federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration has cited two Massachusetts contractors for three “serious” violations it says led to the death of ironworker Ronald “Moose” Morse on June 11, 2015.
Morse, a 40-year-old father of two daughters and member of Ironworkers Local 7, had been installing a temporary external elevator on a new office building here when it pulled away and fell 30 to 40 feet, killing Morse and seriously injuring another worker. OSHA said that the elevator mast was missing two bolts, and the accident would not have happened if they had been properly installed. Subcontractors Liberty Construction, which prefabricated the defective mast, and Shiloh Steel Erectors Inc., Morse’s employer, were each fined $21,000 for not inspecting components of the hoist before allowing workers to install it; not adequately instructing the employees assigned to work on the hoist; and not following and complying with the hoist’s instruction manuals. Liberty agreed to pay the full fine, while Shiloh negotiated it down to $13,500. Shiloh is no longer doing elevator hoist installation work at the site, and Liberty has implemented new training policies and checklists for assembling or dismantling hoists, an OSHA spokesperson said. Read more