USDOL opens probe into Paramount workers' death
The U.S. Department of Labor (USDOL) has opened an investigation into the death of a Paramount Builders construction worker with a federal inspector being dispatched to American Samoa.
Company president Papali’i Lauli’i Alofa told Samoa News that his employee Lole Malai, who died while on duty on Monday at the construction site in Atu’u, didn’t hook his harness to the cable when he was sitting on the bars, causing him to slip and fall when he tried to stand up(See yesterday’s edition for more details about the incident).
USDOL’s Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA) oversees federal laws and regulations dealing with safety and health issues at workplaces throughout the country.
Deanne Amaden, director of the Office of Public Affairs with the USDOL San Francisco regional office, says OSHA’s Honolulu Area Office is aware of the fatality and has already opened an inspection with Paramount Builders.
“A Safety and Health Compliance Officer will conduct an on-site investigation,” said Amaden responding to Samoa News questions. “Although the investigation will be handled as expeditiously as possible, the agency has up to six-months to complete the investigation.”
“Investigations typically involve interviews of company management, employees and other available witnesses as well as an assessment of the scene, equipment, processes, company safety and health programs, among other areas of interest,” she said via email yesterday morning.
“There likely will not be additional information available until the investigation is concluded,” she added.