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Employer of construction worker who died had previous violations

BY DI STAFF | JANUARY 26, 2011 7:10 AM

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The employer of a construction worker who died at a University of Iowa site Monday had received a citation from the Iowa Occupational Safety and Health Administration for numerous safety violations in March 2009.

Iowa Bridge and Culvert Inc. was fined $5,450 for the violations, according to documents.

Iowa Bridge & Culvert employee Kevin Dean Hammons, 52, of Washington, Iowa, died Monday after a metal beam holding back water and dirt from a nearby pond collapsed and trapped him 10 to 15 feet underground.

Hammons’ death marks the second fatal construction incident at the University of Iowa in five months.

— by Josh Quinnett


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