Elgin co. fined, cited in fatal construction accident on I-90 bridge

An Elgin-based company has been fined $152,000 in the death of worker who was killed by a falling 45-ton beam at a construction site on the Jane Addams Tollway in April.

The U.S. Department of Labor‘s Occupational Safety and Health Administration cited Omega Demolition Corp. earlier this month for “over-stressing” the beam during demolition of an Interstate 90 bridge near Touhy Avenue in Des Plaines, according to a statement from the agency. Vicente Santoyo, a 47-year-old Omega Demolition employee from Berwyn, was standing in an aerial lift cutting steel bracing between two beams supporting the highway when one of the beams collapsed on him, according to the statement from OSHA.

OSHA fined the company $152,433 and issued citations for safety and health violations. A spokesperson for the agency, Scott Allen, said OSHA representatives are due to meet with Omega Demolition executives next week to discuss the agency’s determination. At that time, he said, Omega representatives will either indicate they intend to abide by the findings and pay the penalties or contest the citations before the independent Occupational Safety and Health Review Commission.

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