A Clear Lake company that makes structural concrete has been fined after the death of an employee earlier this year. Andrews Prestressed Concrete has been fined more than $357,000 by the Iowa Occupational Safety and Health Bureau after the accident that killed 35-year-old Simon Trinidad on January 27th.
Trinidad suffocated after falling into a metal hopper and was trapped in sand. A citation was issued by the state officials after they say company workers were exposed to a 12-foot deep, open hopper that wasn’t protected by guardrails.
That citation also indicated that the company was fined for the same violation back in December of 2006.