Four Florida contractors hit with fines after death at construction site

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The death of a construction worker in Kendall this summer led the Occupational Safety and Health Administration to hit four construction firms with more than $90,000 in fines.

While Florida employers posted a surprisingly good safety record in 2015, there remain workplace fatalities that could be prevented easily, federal regulators say.

Leonardo Javier Lopez-Montelo, 33, died in June after falling through an unprotected stairway and plunging 11 feet.

He was working at the Kendall Square housing complex. The opening was not protected by the required guardrails or cover, OSHA said — an oversight Lopez-Montelo’s employer knew about and ignored.

After investigating Lopez-Montelo’s death, OSHA fined four contractors at the Lennar project:

  • Southern Chills Inc. of Homestead: $46,641
  • SB Painting & Waterproofing Inc. of West Palm Beach: $17,460
  • Capri Construction Corp. of Miami: $17,459
  • Brothers Carpentry Corp. of West Park: $9,976


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