Construction company cited for Dec. death

The U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration has cited a Detroit company for four serious violations in the wake of a Dec. 2 fatal accident on the site of the former American Electric Power Muskingum River Plant near Beverly.

Adamo Industrial Services Inc. is facing penalties totaling $28,000-$7,000 for each violation cited, according to documents provided by OSHA’s Columbus office Friday afternoon.

The company’s president, John T. Adamo, Jr., was killed, and another employee, Achamed Huissian, was seriously injured while working on demolition of a cable coal bridge belt at the former power plant site.

The violations cited by OSHA include:

An engineering survey that addressed the demolition of the bridge’s towers, including the possibility of unplanned collapse, had not been made.

A pole mounted transformer and electrical power line located within the park side tower’s fall zone had not been de-energized as required.

Pre-burning cuts were being made to the north leg of the park side tower in preparation of explosive demolition. The reduction in strength of the park side tower’s north leg, as a result of pre-burning cuts, had not been determined.

A competent person was not inspecting during the pre-burning operation of the park side tower’s north leg, exposing employees to struck-by and crushed-by hazards.

Adamo Industrial is reportedly contesting the OSHA findings.

Last August Commercial Liability Partners LLC of Chesterfield, Mo., purchased 1,400 acres of the former power plant property from AEP Ohio.

Commercial Liability had contracted the coal bridge demolition work to Adamo Industrial Services, Inc., said Washington County Commissioner Rick Walters.

“(Adamo) was a subcontractor on the job, and we had heard rumors about possible OSHA violations,” Walters said Friday, adding that he had seen no official documents related to the OSHA findings.

He said demolition and reclamation work is continuing at the site, although work by Adamo Industrial was suspended while the OSHA investigation was underway.

The coal bridge belt and towers that the Adamo employees were working on have been removed, as well as other structures and buildings at the site, Walters said.

“Materials are being hauled out of there daily,” he said.

Plans for the former power plant acreage include a wildlife area and park on a portion of the land, and development of the property for future business use.

“(Commercial Liability Partners) have reportedly been talking to several different corporations about moving onto the property after the old power plant structures are torn down,” Walters said.

He also noted that the new owners have placed the former Muskingum River plant employee park up for sale along Ohio 60, just inside the Morgan County line.

That property includes boat docks on the Muskingum River, Walters said.

An attempt to contact Adamo Industrial Services, Inc. was not answered Friday afternoon.