Charlotte company fined in death of construction worker at Fort Mill school

jzou@heraldonline.comMay 14, 2014 

— A Charlotte-based drywall contractor has been fined $2,000 by a federal agency in the November death of a worker – the third violation the company has received for the same issue since 2000.

Fredy Noe Zelaya, 28, of Charlotte died of critical injuries on Nov. 22 after he fell from the roof of Doby’s Bridge Elementary School in Fort Mill.

The school was under construction when Zelaya fell off an upper roof and landed on a lower roof before falling to the ground.

Basland was fined last month by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration after an investigation was opened Nov. 19 when the incident occurred.

According to a review of violations on OSHA’s website, the violation is one of three the agency has taken against the company since 2000 for the same violation – failing to adequately protect workers from falls.

The company received a citation in December 2000 for a work site in Mooresville, N.C., and another citation in April 2011 for a site in Charlotte.

The fine in 2000 was downgraded from $500 to $350 after the agency reached an informal settlement with the company. The 2011 citation was for $300.

Basland and OSHA officials could not be reached Tuesday for comment.

Zelaya was transported to Carolinas Medical Center in Charlotte where he later died of his injuries. His family could not be reached for comment.

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