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Contractor Cited in Painter Death

Wednesday, July 8, 2015

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KANSAS CITY--Federal authorities have cited a Missouri-based painting contractor after a worker died at a commercial building project in Kansas City.

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration cited Myron’s Precise Paint Systems of Grain Valley, MO, with three serious violations carrying $21,000 in fines.

The citations stem from the March 12 death of Colton R. Frisbee, 23, of Weston, MO, who jumped from an unsteady scissor lift. He suffered a 25-foot fall, was pinned by the falling lift, and died at the scene, reports relate.

Colton Frisbee
Family via WDAF screen grab

Colton (left) and Corey Frisbee were business partners and father and son. Colton, a husband and new father, died March 12. His employer, Myron's Precise Paint Systems, has been cited in the case.

OSHA said the equipment that he was working on was in “poor repair” with “inoperable controls.”

The company could not be reached for comment Tuesday (July 7). Myron’s Precise Paint Systems does not have a website.

The company does not have a previous record with OSHA.

‘Preventable and Senseless’

In issuing the citations in the case, OSHA’s Area Director in Kansas City said the incident was “preventable and senseless.”

“No family should ever have to endure the pain and loss suffered by the family of Colton Frisbee,” said Barbara Theriot.

Frisbee was a husband and a new father, reports said. He was also a co-owner of both a painting business and cigar store along with his father, Corey Frisbee.

“Employers are legally and morally responsible for the safety of their workers on the job,” Theriot said.

“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,” she said.

Incident Details

At the time of the incident, authorities said Frisbee and another worker were painting the exterior of a building at a truck parts plant, when the scissor lift they were on began to waver.

When the lift fell, Frisbee was said to have jumped onto a truck below and the lift fell on top of him, pinning him. He died at the scene, reports said.


Authorities said Frisbee jumped from an unsteady scissor lift. He suffered a 25-foot-fall, was pinned by the falling lift and died at the scene, reports relate.

The other employee reportedly rode the lift down as it fell and was treated and released at the scene.

3 Serious Citations

The first citation alleges that employees were using a scissor lift which was not properly inspected and did not meet required safety standards, according to the citation documents.

Secondly, the scaffolding system was allegedly being used on a surface that was not level, resulting in the fatality, OSHA said.

The third citation was for the alleged failure to train employees on how to properly use the equipment and recognize safety hazards.

Serious violations reflect substantial probability of death or serious injury from the hazard.

A fine of $7,000 was imposed for each violation.

The company has 15 business days from the receipt of the citations to comply, request an informal conference with OSHA’s area director, or contest the findings before the independent Occupational Safety and Health Review Commission.


Tagged categories: Citations; Hazards; Health and safety; lift; OSHA; Painting Contractors; Scaffolding

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