The OSHA office in Sioux Falls has an active inspection underway regarding the death of Ethan McMahon, who died in the building collapse at the former Copper Lounge on Friday December 2, 2016.

Area Director Sheila Stanley says the investigation is already underway and will be very thorough:

Yes, OSHA has opened an inspection with regard to that  accident.  The inspection could take up to six months.  In any type of fatality, we basically look at everything related to the conditions that caused the accident, so in this case we work with engineers, we do a comprehensive survey, a variety of issues related to the working conditions on that site.

The OSHA office is a new branch in Sioux Falls, having opened about a year ago, with four staff members covering all of South Dakota.

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