I happened to be on this job site today while all this was going on. Jennifer from Denver news seven asked me to go on camera. If I would have known more about what happened I would've been glad to do so. She did give me her contact number as we had discussions about fall protection in general and things that have happened around the country. She wants to know more about OSHA violations on job sites. We will be happy to help her understand not only the safety violations but what can be done about it with training and apprenticeships that are offered by Labor organizations such as the OPCMIA. The two workers were plasterers and I spoke to the nephew of one of the workers who fell. I had a chance to discuss the union with him and let him know of the benefits of being a union member. His friend was there as well and was also interested in what we were talking about. Quest masonry was the name of the company they work for. If anybody knows anything about them please let me know. They are hard to find online. This is one of those situations where they work for a subcontractor of a subcontractor. I got into a bit of a heated discussion with the general contractor because he tried to tell me he does not know the name of the company. I asked him if he expect me to believe that he does not know the name of the company that works on his job site. He dug even deeper when he said we have hundreds of subcontractors and they each have hundreds of sub contractors too. That's not a very good argument I said to him. Do you mean to tell me you don't know anybody who is working on your job site? He said well that's not what I'm saying what I'm saying is that the subcontractor that signed a contract with us is responsible for the safety. I schooled him that that is not true. While the subcontractor may get the OSHA violation of the law states that the general contractor is responsible for all safety on the job site… So if he's responsible for all the safety how can you tell me you don't know who's on your site? We finished the conversation there because we were getting nowhere. I then went and talked to the general superintendent and the safety guy for the company and let them know that we offer safety services and that if they needed some help to let us know.
I spoke to the two OSHA inspector's but they were very tightlipped about what was going on. Luckily the two guys did not die… Monty Dietrich and I will keep an eye on this to see if Quest Masonry gets a citation from Osha.
Darren is a union organizer in the southwest United States who believes that workers should be represented as a group in order to be able to live a better lifestyle.