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Fatal scaffold collapse casts doubt on 'broken' OSHA system

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A scaffold is left mangled after a collapse at Tivoli Village on August 22, 2016. (FOX5) A scaffold is left mangled after a collapse at Tivoli Village on August 22, 2016. (FOX5)
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Last August, an accident on a Tivoli Village construction site killed a man forced to leave behind his wife and three boys. The scaffold he was on top of fell apart. Two other men on top of the structure jumped off to safety before hitting the ground, but 30-year-old Ricardo Bautista did not survive.

Now, months later, people are still trying to figure out how his life could have been saved.

RELATED: Wife recalls husband killed in scaffold collapse as hardworking family man

Some workers are blaming the victim’s employer, Performance Builders Inc., especially because its record in the past three years is littered with more than a dozen OSHA investigations. As we began our own investigation, employees reached out to FOX5 to report unsafe working conditions even though they could lose their jobs. One man said this company is so notorious for cutting corners that the owner should be in jail.

RELATED: 'Serious' violations recorded with company in scaffold collapse

All of this prompted FOX5 reporter Adam Herbets to look deeper into the contractor and the OSHA system itself. The result is this investigative special report, which exposes a system some say needs a lot of improvement if it’s going to accomplish its goal of keeping workers safe.

Please click on the above play button to watch the special report in its entirety.

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