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OSHA fines Pevely company for bridge death


St. Louis, MO – A bridge painting company from Pevely has been fined more than $60,000 in the death of a worker who fell from the Jefferson Barracks Bridge.

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration fined Thomas Industrial Coatings and issued the company three citations. The citations are related to the death of Jimmy Belfield, 39, who fell into the Mississippi River while trying to rescue three co-workers.

Those co-workers were later rescued; they had fallen after a flooring gave way while they painted the span.

OSHA says the company could face more citations and fines connected to two other fatal bridge falls in Kansas City.


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