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Companies Face Fines Over Bridge Worker’s Death

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3/29/12-A patrol boat participates in the search for a missing worker on the Mississippi River. (KMOX/Brett Blume)

3/29/12-A patrol boat participates in the search for a missing worker on the Mississippi River. (KMOX/Brett Blume)

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EAST ST. LOUIS, Ill. (AP) – Federal workplace safety officials have recommended more than $15,000 in corporate fines over the death of a worker during construction of a new Mississippi River bridge linking Illinois and St. Louis.

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch says the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration has accused the Massman Construction, Traylor Bros., and Alberici joint venture of four safety violations deemed serious in connection with the March accident.

Officials say 35-year-old Andy Gammon of Park Hills, Mo., was working in a four-wheeled aerial lift that toppled into the river from a barge near East St. Louis. Divers later found his body.

A spokesman for the joint venture hasn’t returned a message seeking comment Friday.

The more than $600 million bridge project is scheduled to be completed by early 2014.

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