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story.lead_photo.caption FILE PHOTO: Jefferson City police and fire departments, as well as Cole County EMS, responded Jan. 28, 2020, to a fatal construction accident in the 500 block of Missouri Boulevard, the former location of St. Mary's Hospital where a new Courtyard by Marriott was being constructed. Photo by Julie Smith / News Tribune.

Document: OSHA Citation - Schrimpf Landscaping

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The Occupational Safety and Health Administration has issued two "serious" citations in connection with the January death of a construction worker at the Courtyard by Marriott construction site in Jefferson City.

Citations were issued July 8 to Schrimpf Landscaping with proposed penalties of $18,892, OSHA officials said Tuesday. OSHA said the company failed to instruct each employee in recognition and avoidance of unsafe conditions.

The company has 15 business days (until Aug. 3) from receipt of the citations and penalties to comply, request an informal conference with OSHA's area director, or contest the findings before the independent Occupational Safety and Health Review Commission. The case is considered closed when the violations are addressed and penalties are paid.

Jacob Schrimpf, 31, of Russellville, was trapped underneath a large concrete block retaining wall that fell, according to Jefferson City Fire Department reports from Jan. 28. Firefighters attempted rescue efforts for approximately 40 minutes before fully gaining access to him. Cole County EMS paramedics determined Schrimpf had died as a result of injuries sustained from the collapsed wall.

Horizon Company, a subsidiary of locally based Farmer Holding Company, was the contractor on the retaining wall that collapsed. Horizon subcontracted Schrimpf Landscaping to do the work.

Jefferson City officials said the companies are reputable and had no problems reported prior to this incident.

The retaining wall that collapsed — which faces Missouri Boulevard underneath where a Courtyard by Marriott Hotel is being constructed on the site of the old St. Mary's Hospital — is made up of Rosetta stone blocks.

In the report, OSHA officials wrote: "The employer (Schrimpf Landscaping) is failing to protect employees from struck-by and crushed-by hazards. This was most recently documented on January 15, 2020, when the employer did not provide training to employees regarding the hazards associated with the installation of Rosetta brand wall blocks, such as but not limited to, wall collapse."

The OSHA report also states: "The employer is failing to protect employees from potential permanent disabling and fatal injuries such as but not limited to broken bones, paralysis, and or crushing as a result of a struck-by and caught-in hazard as a result of installing retaining wall blocks not in accordance with manufacturers guidance and engineering plans. This was most recently documented on January 20, 2020, at the jobsite."

The Jefferson City Police Department also investigated the incident and determined Schrimpf's death was accidental, according to JCPD spokesman Lt. David Williams.

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