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Michigan Occupational Safety and Health Administration issues violations in connection with Ambassador Bridge painter's death

Kent Morton fell from bridge in January, his body found 2 months later

DETROIT – The Michigan Occupational Safety and Health Administration on Thursday issued violations against two companies in connection with the death of a worker who fell from the Ambassador Bridge.

While doing painting work, Kent Morton fell to his death in the Detroit River in January.

The Garden City man's body was found two months later.

MIOSHA issued violations against Morton's employer, Seaway Painting, and Walter Toebe Construction. MIOSHA said the scaffolding for the bridge painting was not put up properly and that Morton wasn't wearing the necessary harness.

Additionally, there were no safety boats at the location.

The commuter bridge is owned by the Detroit International Bridge Co. and connects Detroit with Windsor, Ontario.

About the bridge project Morton was working on

A major reconditioning of the Ambassador Bridge has been going on for the past year and 1/2, but state inspectors haven't visited the site once. The project has included replacing the main driving deck and painting the iron, which is what Morton was doing before he fell from the bridge.