(WICHITA, Kan.)—Falls are one of the leading causes of death in the workplace. Now, investigators are looking into the second fatal fall at Spirit AeroSystems in 13 months.
This week 26-year-old Matt Lyons fell about 12 feet to his death. Spirit is not saying what job Lyons was performing when he fell.
FactFinder 12 requested the results of the investigation from last year's fatal incident at Spirit last August when Jerry Milligan fell to his death.
The investigation found that Milligan was working on a top level platform in plant two and was exposed to a fall hazard of 13 feet. It cited Spirit for failing to have guard rails or other fall protection and the company was fined $7,000.
About two weeks later, Spirit was cited again for having an employee on a mid-level platform in the same area. Again did not have proper guard rails in place.
Spirit had to agree to specific terms to prevent future accidents.
That's why FactFinder 12 wanted more specifics about the latest incident, but Spirit gave us this statement:
"We will do whatever we can to assist. Unfortunately, we are very limited by the timing. We have an ongoing investigation about the incident, and we also need to fully respect how difficult this time must be for the family of our team member,” says Ken Evans with Spirit Communications.
OSHA tells Eyewitness News that has opened an investigation into the latest incident.