OSHA seeks $400k fine in deadly wall col­lapse

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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.

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