Border Subcontractor Had Prior Violations

The company that set up collapsed wooden platform have prior safety violations

By Shelby Hansen and Sarah Grieco
|  Thursday, Sep 15, 2011  |  Updated 11:08 AM PDT
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Roof Collapse Traps Multiple Cars

Courtesy of Israel IbaƱez

A picture from inside a man's car who was trapped after the roof collapsed at the San Ysidro border crossing Wednesday.

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The subcontractor company in charge of the construction at the San Ysidro border had two prior safety violations, according to the California Occupational Safety and Health Administration.

A wood platform that was setup under a roof at the San Ysidro border collapsed during a planned demolition. The wood platform underneath was set up to catch debris from the demolition and keep it from landing on cars

Anaheim-based subcontracting company Miller Environmental had a violation last year and in 2007. In October of last year, Miller Environmental was cited $18,400 for failing to use safety equipment. Part of the fine was also taken for a safety and illness prevention program.

During another incident in 2007, a worker was moving scrap medal when it felt and slipped out of his hands. The metal cut through his gloves, and he had to have his finger tip amputated, resulting in $935 fine. The incident happened in San Pedro.

The scaffolding company, Vertical Access, has no prior safety violations.

CAL OSHA is at the San Ysidro border site investigating the wooden canopy collapse, said its director Dean Fryer. Federal OSHA investigators are there as well because of their homeland security employees on site, making the incident a dual jurisdiction case.

The organizations will be investigating on site throughout the week.

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