AUSTIN (KXAN) — The Occupational Safety and Health Administration says a steel worker who died after a fall in northwest Austin last July had his “self-retracting lifeline” fail.
OSHA says the employee was connecting steel beams when he fell, then his lifeline failed.
“Employee No. 1 fell 45 feet and died at the job site from his injuries,” OSHA’s accident investigation summary reads.
As we reported last July, the man was building steel for Steelco, Inc., a subcontractor based in Porter, north of Houston. They had been working on a new commercial building along North Ranch Road 620.
Steelco, Inc. also has a $13,260 pending OSHA penalty from the incident.
We’ve reached out to the company for comment and will update this story when we hear back.