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OSHA calls for fine after 2 workers were killed in St. Louis

ST. LOUIS – Federal regulators have cited a subcontractor after two of its workers fell to their deaths down an elevator shaft at a downtown St. Louis construction project.The
St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that the Occupational Safety and Health says World Wrecking and Scrap Salvage Services Inc. faces proposed penalties of $23,280.

Two of its workers _ 44-year-old Joey Hale and 58-year-old Ben Ricks _ were in a basket six stories up when it fell in June. Authorities say a safety cable snapped.

OSHA says the company failed to make sure the workers used a vertical lifeline or other “fall protection.” The company also is accused of failing to properly train workers and conduct regular inspections of scaffold equipment.

Owner Keith Hanford says the company will contest the findings.

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