Two Companies Cited For Fatal Construction Accident

Jun 25, 2014

Two private construction companies have been cited following the death of a worker at a dormitory being built on the University of Kentucky campus.

State officials say they found “serious” violations of safety laws on the day 24-year old Isaias Ramos was killed when construction materials fell from the roof of a dorm complex being built at UK.  Penalties have been proposed for both companies involved; $6300 against Messer Construction and $4900 against Joseph W. Bates Construction who is a subcontractor on the project.  Messer spokeswoman Jessie Folmar said company officials will meet with state officials before deciding whether to appeal. 

Ramos was wearing a hard hat at the time of the accident, but suffered a traumatic head injury when 30 mph winds blew a piece of plywood off the roof of Haggin Hall, dropping it 60 feet onto Ramos who was working below.