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OSHA: $86K fine for contractors in Miami bridge collapse that killed 6

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Ray Downs
Rescue workers search the site of a pedestrian bridge that collapsed only days after it was installed over southwest 8th Street in Miami, Florida, on March 16. File Photo by Gary Rothstein/UPI
Rescue workers search the site of a pedestrian bridge that collapsed only days after it was installed over southwest 8th Street in Miami, Florida, on March 16. File Photo by Gary Rothstein/UPI | License Photo

Sept. 19 (UPI) -- The contractors responsible for a pedestrian bridge collapse in Miami that killed 6 people in March were fined a total of $86,858 for seven worker-safety violations, the U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration announced Tuesday.

The OSHA fines were related only to safety for employees at the site of the bridge collapse near Miami's Florida International University.

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Of the six people who were killed, one was an employee -- Navaro Brown -- who was standing on top of the bridge at the time of the collapse. Five workers were seriously injured.

The OSHA investigation found violations that included exposing employees to crushing and fall hazards and allowing multiple employees to connect to an improperly installed lifeline.

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"Collectively, these employers failed to take appropriate action and provide the necessary protections to their employees while they were working on the bridge on the day it collapsed," OSHA Regional Administrator Kurt A. Petermeyer said in a statement.

The five companies that OSHA fined include Figg Bridge Engineers Inc., a civil and structural engineering company; Network Engineering Services, a construction engineering and inspection firm; Structural Technologies, specializing in post-tensioning in bridges and buildings; Munilla Construction Management, a bridge and building construction company; and The Structural Group of South Florida, a contractor specializing in concrete formwork.

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The OSHA fines were the first form of punishment for the bridge contractors, but there could be more.

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In addition to several civil lawsuits, the National Transportation Safety Board is investigating the collapse.

A Florida law that protects contractors in construction accidents makes it unlikely criminal charges will be brought, The Miami Herald reported.

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