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Region 4 News Release
Release Number: 04-1501-ATL (165)
Date: Friday, August 6, 2004
Contact: James Borders Dan Fuqua
Phone: (904) 232-2895 (404) 562-2078
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- The U.S. Labor Department's Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has cited the Daytona International Speedway, LLC, for alleged violations of safety standards following the agency's investigation of a worker fatality on Feb. 8, 2004, at the Daytona racetrack.
OSHA issued one serious citation to the company with four alleged violations. Proposed penalties total $11,175. OSHA issues a serious citation when there is a substantial probability that death or serious physical harm could result from a hazard about which the employer knew or should have known.
OSHA began its investigation after a speedway worker was struck and killed by a racecar while he was gathering debris from the racetrack. The investigation found that the company failed to enforce industry-recognized safety protocols for entering the track during a race, as outlined in the National Fire Protection Association Handbook. The proposed penalty for this alleged violation is $6,300.
Proposed penalties for other alleged violations included in this citation, but not directly related to the accident, total $4,875.
The company has 15 working days to contest the OSHA citations and proposed penalties before the independent Occupational Safety and Health Review Commission. The accident investigation was conducted by OSHA's area office at 1851 Executive Center Drive, Jacksonville, Fla., 32207; phone (904) 232-2895.
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