NASHVILLE, TN (WSMV) - Gustavo Ramirez was supposed to turn 17 on March 2, 2021.
Instead, his family said they will celebrate his birthday in a cemetery after he was killed after falling 11 stories on a construction site last June.
A construction worker died on Tuesday afternoon after falling from scaffolding at a work site on Interstate Drive, according to emergency officials.
A series of News4 Investigations found even the main contractor on the site was unaware he had been hired and how Ramirez ultimately came to do specific work on the site despite federal regulations.
“On what would have been his 17th birthday, we stand before you broken due to the loss of our baby,” said Jennifer Enamorado, Ramirez’s sister.
Enamorado joined activists and Metro Council members in supporting legislation to ultimately hold the construction industry accountable for unsafe worksites.
“For far too long, Nashville has been one of the deadliest cities to work in. This legislation aims to change that,” said Metro Councilmember Sandra Sepulveda.
NASHVILLE, TN (WSMV) - Following the death of a 16-year-old who fell 120 feet from scaffolding at a construction site Tuesday, the company ope…
The legislation is designed to add workers to the city’s procurement standard board and block companies from earning future contracts if they’ve had workplace violations in the past three years.
Two certificates, obtained by News4 Investigates, shows the 16-year-old who fell 120 to his death from scaffolding at a Nashville construction site was trained to do the kind of work that may be prohibited by the state.
It also aims to encourage contractors to commit to safe workplace practices, including creating incentives for OSHA training and to guarantee essential standards for safe worksites, mandating bathrooms and hand-washing stations at all worksites.
“We’ve heard not enough facilities to wash your hands. We’ve had COVID outbreaks in several construction sites, and that’s just unacceptable,” said Sepulveda.
Four months after 16-year-old Gustavo Ramirez fell 11 floors and 120 feet to his death, two subcontractors on the job site for the LaQuinta In…
Eric Coons, president of the Nashville Building Trades Council, said contractors should not fear the legislation as it aims to make their workplaces safer.
“Too little too late for too long. That ends today,” said Coons.
The legislation comes after the state levied fines on two subcontractors in the wake of Ramirez’ death.