May 11, 2007
Contact: Rich Kulczewski
Phone: (303) 844-1302
OMAHA, Neb. -- The U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has cited Deffenbaugh Industries Inc. of Omaha for two alleged willful violations and proposed penalties totaling $125,000 following an employee fatality in November 2006.
A Deffenbaugh employee sustained fatal injuries when a six-yard refuse collection container swung free from the back of a collection truck, crushing the employee between the truck and the container.
"Deffenbaugh Industries Inc. failed to protect its employees from known hazards which contributed to the death of an employee engaged in refuse collection,¿ said Charles E. Adkins, CIH, OSHA's regional administrator in Kansas City, Mo. "The citations and penalties OSHA is announcing today will ensure that this employer takes responsibility to correct safety and health hazards. All employers should evaluate their workplaces to ensure employees are operating equipment safely.¿
The willful citations allege that the employer failed to maintain trunnion safety latches on a mobile refuse collection vehicle and to maintain a safety latch on container lifting hooks. Willful violations are those committed with an intentional disregard of, or plain indifference to, the requirements of the Occupational Safety and Health Act and regulations.
The firm has 15 working days from receipt of the citations and proposed penalties to comply, request and participate in an informal conference with the OSHA area director, or contest the citations and penalties before the independent Occupational Safety and Health Review Commission.
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 assure the safety and health of America's working men and women by setting and enforcing standards; providing training, outreach and education; establishing partnerships; and encouraging continual process improvement in workplace safety and health. For more information, visit www.osha.gov.
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