OSHRC con Contractors Welding of Western New York, Inc; 88-1847 09/13/93 (English Edition)
Contractors Welding of Western New York, Inc., was performing
repairs on the Ferry Street Bridge, a metal drawbridge in Buffalo,
New York, when a complianc.e officer (VOv*) of the Occupational
Safety and Health Administration (**OSHA") inspected the worksite.
When the CO arrived, two welders employed by Contractors Welding '
were standing on an abutment working on the understructure of the
drawbridge, Based on the facts that the water was 15 to 20 feet
deep and the employees, who were wearing work boots and heavy
clothing, were standing within two feet of the edge of the
abutment, the CO believed that, if a welder had fallen in, he could have drowned.