(KMOV) – News 4 has learned the company of a man killed while working on the Blanchette Bridge on Monday has paid thousands in safety fines within the past few years.
Officials canceled work on the St. Charles County bridge after a 55-gallon drum being lifted by a crane fell on 51-year-old Patrick Bray of Jerseyville, Illinois. Bray was pronounced dead at the scene.
He was employed by Walsh Construction Co.
According to officials, the victim was in the staging area on the boat ramp to the Missouri River around 10 a.m. when a crane lifting a barrel accidentally dropped it on the worker.
Crews planned to close one lane of Interstate 70 southbound at Fifth Street Monday night as they began a three-week long repair project.
All work has been temporarily postponed.
News 4 has learned of past violations with Walsh Construction prior to Monday’s deadly accident.
Two safety violations are listed against the company through Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA.) One of the violations listed had to do with working over a body of water.
News 4 also learned that the company has paid about $8,500 in workplace safety fines since 2010.