May 29, 2013 5:57 PM
CORPUS CHRISTI - 22-year old Christopher Cantu was killed yesterday while at work at The Coastal Planting Company. Police say a crane was moving a 26-hundred pound cylinder full of sand blasting material through the factory when it fell on top of Cantu.
After some investigating we discovered the company has had several violations with the Occupational Safety and Health Administration. The Department of Labor's website shows within the past 5 years The Coastal Plating Company has had 7 violations with OSHA.
The violations included not having appropriate respiratory protection for workers, issues with their overhead and gantry cranes, and issues with the slings that hold their large cylinders.
The violation involving a large cylinder occurred on December 14, 2007. OSHA says there were "hazards that were causing or likely to cause death or serious physical harm to employees."
The report says "in the Cylinder Plating Shop, an employee was exposed to a struck-by hazard lifting a cylinder, to drain oil, with an overhead hoist." OSHA says a struck by hazard involves a flying object that can hit or fall on someone. This caused an employee to have his left foot amputated along with many other broken bones. Because of this the company had to pay a penalty of 1,750 dollars.
I tried to contact the company to ask them about all of their violations, but no one would talk to me.
OSHA is currently investigating what happened yesterday and there is a possibility more violations could be added to this company's list.