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Contractors face substantial fines over worker’s severe burns

Two contractors face proposed penalties of US$249,516 for safety hazards that resulted in an employee suffering severe burns.

The Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA) has cited a general contractor from Billings, Montana, and a subcontractor from Rock Springs in Wyoming.

On 5 May 2017, a Coleman Construction Inc employee suffered third-degree burns when compressed oxygen inside an underground duct caused a fire. The subcontractor was cited for failing to provide mechanical ventilation or an underground air monitoring system, and failing to report the hospitalization of the burned employee in a timely manner. The company faces US$189,762 in proposed penalties.

OSHA also cited the general contractor, JTL Group, doing business as Knife River, for not ensuring that safety precautions were taken at the site. Proposed penalties total US$59,754.

“Confined workspaces pose an immediate and substantial danger to workers,” said OSHA area director Arthur Hazen. “It is vitally important that employers properly identify, test, control, and ventilate the atmosphere to ensure the safety of workers in confined spaces.”

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



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This article was published on 10 Nov 2017 (last updated on 10 Nov 2017).

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