NORTH PLATTE, Nebraska – The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) cited asphalt paving contractor Western Engineering Company Inc. after an employee suffered fatal injuries after being pulled into an unguarded slat/drag conveyor at the company’s asphalt plant located in North Platte, Nebraska. OSHA proposed penalties totaling $89,032.
The company was cited for seven serious violations of machine guarding, lockout/tagout and permit-required confined space standards, including failing to develop a confined space entry program; issue safety permits; test atmospheric conditions; and provide air testing and monitoring equipment.
“Employers are required to develop safety and health programs that address known hazards and ensure that safety procedures are followed to prevent tragedies such as this from recurring,” said OSHA Omaha Area Office Director Jeff Funke.
The company has 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 and Health Review Commission.