US Labor Department's OSHA cites Export Fuel Co. in Export, Pa.,
following worker fatality in August 2012
EXPORT, Pa. – The U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration has cited Export Fuel Co. with 18 serious safety violations following the death of a worker who was crushed by a pavement roller in August 2012 at the company's Export facility.
"Training workers to recognize and address hazards is essential, and Export Fuel failed to train its workers on the operation and maintenance of the pavement roller, which ultimately led to a worker's death," said Christopher Robinson, director of the OSHA Pittsburgh Area Office. "It is the employer's responsibility to provide a safe workplace by finding and fixing hazards, so all workers are protected."
The serious violations include fall and electrical hazards, lack of machine and equipment guarding, lack of energy control procedures, the company's failure to provide employee training in the maintenance and operation of construction vehicles and a safe exit and means of egress. A serious citation is issued when there is substantial probability that death or serious physical harm could result, and the employer knew, or should have known, of the hazard.
Proposed penalties total $41,300. Export Fuel has 15 business days from receipt of the citations to comply, request an informal conference with the OSHA area director in Pittsburgh, or contest the citations and proposed penalties before the independent Occupational Safety and Health Review Commission.
To ask questions, obtain compliance assistance, file a complaint, or report workplace hospitalizations, fatalities or situations posing imminent danger to workers, the public should call OSHA's toll-free hotline at 800-321-OSHA (6742) or the agency's Pittsburgh Area Office at 412-395-4903.
Under the Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970, employers are responsible for providing safe and healthful workplaces for their employees. OSHA's role is to ensure these conditions for America's working men and women by setting and enforcing standards, and providing training, education and assistance. For more information, visit http://www.osha.gov.
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