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Nov 27, 2013 5:53 PM by Andrew Ellison - aellison@kristv.com

O.S.H.A. Says Employer at Fault for Worker's Death

CORPUS CHRISTI - We have new information on a workplace accident that claimed the life of a young man back in May.

It happened at Coastal Plating Company off Leopard and N.P.I.D.

Today, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration says that death is the company's fault.

22 year old Christopher Cantu died when a 2,600 pound cylinder fell on top of him.

Today, O.S.H.A. announced that it fined Coastal Plating $49,700 in for that accident and cited them for 15 serious safety violations.

A "Serious Safety Violation" is where O.S.H.A. feels the violation could result in serious physical harm or death, and that the company should have known about it and fixed it.

Some of the violations it cited Coastal Plating for where failing to: ensure workers were protected from being struck by unsecured equipment, conduct annual crane inspections, and inspect hooks utilized on overhead cranes.

These are all factors that lead to Cantu's accident.

O.S.H.A. said today, "It is the employer's responsibility to find and fix workplace safety violations and to ensure the safety of its workers. Coastal Plating Co. failed to do so and that cost a worker his life. OSHA will not tolerate such neglect."

Cantu's family filed a lawsuit back in June that also blames Coastal Plating for the accident.

We contacted Coastal Plating today, but they told us they had no comment on the matter. Then, they promptly hung up the phone.

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