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OSHA launches investigation into deadly Jefferson City worksite wall collapse


The Occupational Safety and Health Administration is investigating the partial collapse of a retaining wall that killed a worker at a Jefferson City construction site.

Jacob Schrimpf, 31, was killed Tuesday when the wall collapsed at the site of the former St. Mary's Hospital building.

The collapse happened around 1 p.m. Tuesday at the project site of a new hotel in the 500 block of Missouri Boulevard.

City records show Schrimpf was an employee of Schrimpf Landscaping, a Jefferson City-based company acting as a sub-contractor for Horizon Company LLC.

"Initial reports indicate that the employee was fatally injured when a wall under construction collapsed at Highway 63 and Missouri Blvd., known as the Old St. Mary's Hospital site," an OSHA spokesperson wrote in an email.

The administration has 6 months to complete its inspection process, issue any citations and suggest penalties if any workplace safety violations are found.

According to OSHA, Schrimpf Landscaping has not previously been inspected by the agency and the company reported the incident as required.

Schrimpf Landscaping employees told ABC 17 News on Wednesday that the company did not have a comment.

Jefferson City police and fire officials did not say Wednesday what might have caused the collapse.

More information about the process of OSHA inspections can be found in the linked agency publication.

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