OSHA seeks $400k fine in deadly wall collapse
PHILADELPHIA | Federal officials cited glaring violations of accepted safety standards Thursday in proposing nearly $400,000 in fines against two companies involved in a botched building demolition in Philadelphia that killed six people.
The willful and serious breaches by Campbell Construction and S&R Contracting led to the collapse of a large masonry wall onto a thrift store, according to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration.
“If these employees had simply followed the most basic safety precautions, no lives would have been lost,” said David Michaels, an assistant secretary in the U.S. Labor Department.
The companies’ respective owners, Griffin Campbell and Sean Benschop, have 15 days to respond to the citations.