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Feds Blame Bridge Construction Company For Death Of Worker - Regional News - Lehigh Valley Story ...

There are 13 comments on the WFMZ story from Jul 5, 2011, titled Feds Blame Bridge Construction Company For Death Of Worker - Regional News - Lehigh Valley Story .... In it, WFMZ reports that:

Federal safety inspectors are blaming a bridge construction company for the death of a worker in January.

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Lil Abner

Allentown, PA

#1 Jul 5, 2011
I'll bet they where the lowest bidder (read cheap non-union)who hire folks off the street that don't have clue about the danger they put themselves in. I hope the family sues their butt off and puts money mongers like this out of business .Also, a big Boo to the County when all is said and done this Eckman outfit will either be bankrupt, moved out of area or sold to someone out of State and won't wind paying a penny to this family. I don't begrudge the family their rightful compensation but the tax payers will wind up footing the bill. Just saying.

Bethlehem, PA

#2 Jul 5, 2011
Oh do you mean A union company like J.D. Morisey... They seem to have all the safety equipment on hand from the 1930's..
We won't even touch base on the qauality of the work done by the unions.. Lets just take a look at the sands casino.. Need I say more...

Slatington, PA

#3 Jul 5, 2011
I'll bet they where(sp) the lowest bidder (read cheap union thugs) who hire folks from their families that don't have a clue about the dangers they put themselves in...
Glenn Salt

Allentown, PA

#4 Jul 5, 2011
I want my money back so I can run for County Executive.

Emmaus, PA

#5 Jul 5, 2011
Union or not, low bid always wins in public work. Non union still must pay prevailing wages which is very close to union wage scales. The problem I have #1 is that low bid is always used. #2 A company that has been cited several times the past few years is still allowed to work for the state and the state is also claiming they will keep using them. They should not be allowed to do any public work in the state for a period of at least 5 years. I worked for a non union construction shop and alot of the prime contractors we worked for would make us fill out forms with all the past violations (up to a certain # of years back), what your safety program was and also if there was a safety coordinator for the company. These would also weigh on whether or not you got the contract, not just your price. And most of those were also NON UNION shops as well.
David J Bhaltazhar Esq

Bethlehem, PA

#6 Jul 5, 2011

“Your Own Peace Prize Inside”

Since: Mar 07

Hyannis, Mass

#9 Jul 6, 2011
You get what you pay for...
We seriously need to evaluate the quality of a low bids... making sure the bid includes the material and workmanship are competitive, not just the cheapest price.
If a company puts in a bid 10% lower than all the others, can they really be doing everything the more expensive companies are doing?
Scottie is 2 Hottie

United States

#10 Jul 6, 2011
The hell with the fine! The supervisor for that company who sent those guys on that job should be convicted of voulntary manslaughter.
joe smoe

Worcester, PA

#11 Jul 6, 2011
Sounds like the feds need to check out Penn Dot..
Somebodies palm is getting greased ?

Northampton, PA

#12 Jul 6, 2011
Sadly it will not matter to the company itself as it employs those it can push around with the threat of being fired. A company with a history like this cuts corners and should be banned from any state or local bid projects.

“Your Own Peace Prize Inside”

Since: Mar 07

Hyannis, Mass

#13 Jul 6, 2011
I'm all for the "little guy". But sometimes you need to go with experience and pay for the difference.

Neenah, WI

#14 Jul 7, 2011
Most bids require information like a Mod rating so the county knew what kind of company they were going with...

Atlanta, GA

#15 Jul 7, 2011
How about this: Let's spend the time and money on safety training so that this will not happen again! Training is cheap compared to what you have to pay now.

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