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Columbus Company Fined In Cincinnati Overpass Collapse


Federal officials have cited a Central Ohio company in charge of demolishing a Cincinnati highway overpass that collapsed and killed a construction worker for two safety violations and fined it $14,000.  

Spokesperson Scott Allen with the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration says the citations and fine are against Columbus-based Kokosing Construction. Allen says the company and OSHA agreed to the settlement Wednesday.  The collapse during removal of an Interstate 75 ramp bridge killed 35-year-old Brandon Carl, of Augusta, Kentucky, on Jan. 19. The citations were for what OSHA terms "serious" violations, including not having a sufficiently strong bridge deck to support the equipment used and allowing employees to continue demolition without ensuring corrective measures after a hazard was detected.

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