The Michigan Occupational Safety and Health Administration has not shut down construction at the historic Thompson Block building in Ypsilanti after a worker died Monday. However, a state review of safety measures is underway.
“They can continue work so long as they are in compliance,” Tanya Baker, a communications representative for The Michigan Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs told MLive. “Once this investigation is closed, that will reveal whether or not they are being cited.”
The accident occurred Monday morning when a building worker became trapped beneath a collapsed floor. The fire department responded and was able to rescue the worker, but he was not responsive. He was the only worker injured.
The site will be assigned to a compliance officer who will investigate and evaluate the site. Any violations will be recorded, and monetary penalties will be assigned to the violations. Fines can be as much as $70,000.