Each training class I provide, I always start off by talking about OSHA and the General Duty Clause 5A(1). Here is an example of a company owner not training someone and hiring a youth. Life lost and a business owner life lost for rest of his life. Sad story.
Owner of Florida tree service sentenced to 15 years in prison for falling death of teenaged worker
Photo of cut pine tree from which 14-year-old Blake Bryant fell to his death.
Former tree service owner John Wilkes plead guilty to charges of aggravated manslaughter of a child in a Florida court Feb. 6, for the 2013 death of a teenaged worker. Fourteen-year-old Blake Bryant fell more than 50 feet from a tree that Wilkes instructed him to climb and cut with a chainsaw, despite knowing that the teen was not a qualified arborist and lacked proper training to perform such work. OSHA cited Wilkes in October 2013 under the agency’s general duty clause for failing to maintain a workplace free from recognized hazards that are causing or are likely to cause death or serious physical harm to employees. Wilkes was also cited for failing to provide workers using chainsaws withproper protective equipment, exposing them to serious cuts or an amputation hazard.
After his guilty plea, the court sentenced Wilkes to 15 years in prison, one year longer than the life of the teenaged worker who died because of his employer’s criminal negligence.