March 4, 2019

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Firm Fined $89K After Worker Killed by Unguarded Conveyor

A Nebraska asphalt company faces $89,032 in fines from the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) after a worker was fatally injured by an unguarded slat/drag conveyor at the firm’s asphalt plant in North Platte, NE. 

Western Engineering Company Inc. was cited for seven serious violations by the agency, including machine guarding, lockout/tagout, and permit-required confined space standards. Investigators determined that the company failed to develop a confined space entry program, issue safety permits, test atmospheric conditions, and did not 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,” OSHA Omaha Area Office Director Jeff Funke said in an agency press release. 

The company has 15 business days after receiving the citations to comply, challenge the findings before an independent board, or request an informal conference with an OSHA area director.

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