Metro painting company receives citations following employee death

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. – The U.S. Department of Labor has issued three citations to a metro painting company following the death of an employee back in March of this year.

On March 12, 2014, Colton R. Frisbee, 23, of Weston, Missouri, who was working as an employee of Myron’s Precise Paint Systems in Kansas City, Missouri, jumped from an unsteady scissor lift in the 8800 block of Northeast Parvin Road, when it began to fall. Frisbee died at the scene as a result of the incident.

On Monday citations for three serious violations were issued to the painting company by the U.S. Department of Labor. The first was for using a scissor lift which was not properly inspected and did not meet required safety standards. The second was for the use of scaffolding on a surface which wasn’t level, resulting in a fatality. And the third was for neglecting to train employees on how to properly use the equipment, and how to spot and avoid safety hazards while doing so. As a result, the company faces a penalty of $21,000, or $7,000 for each violation.

“No family should ever have to endure the pain and loss suffered by the family of Colton Frisbee, the employee killed in this preventable and senseless incident. OSHA has issued citations and monetary penalties to Myron’s Precise Paint Systems Inc., as allowed for under OSHA statutes, but that will not lessen the impact of this tragedy on the family,” said Barbara Theriot, OSHA’s Area Director in Kansas City, Missouri.

“Employers are legally and morally responsible for the safety of their workers on the job.  Operating equipment that is poor repair and has inoperable controls, such as the scissor lift that Colton was using, is inexcusable.  The company needs to learn from this tragic incident and take immediate steps to improve the safety and health of its workforce.”

At the time the KCMO Fire Department said while Frisbee and another individual were painting the building at Inland Truck Parts and Services, Frisbee fell about 25 feet off an unsteady scissor lift which began to waver. When the lift fell, Frisbee fell onto a truck down below, and the lift fell on top of him, pinning him underneath. The other employee reportedly rode the lift down as it fell. That employee was treated at the scene and later released.

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