OSHA fines Westmoreland County fuel company, issues 18 'serious' citations in worker death
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The U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration cited a Westmoreland County fuel company with 18 serious violations and proposed fines totalling $41,300 in the August death of an employee crushed by a pavement roller.
Robert E. Buskey Jr., 55, of Loyalhanna, was killed at Export Fuel Co. in Salem after witnesses said the paving roller he was working on "lurched forward pinning [him]," according to a Westmoreland County coroner's office press release at the time.
According to OSHA's Pittsburgh office, Export Fuel failed to properly train employees on the safe operation of the pavement roller, also finding hazardous conditions that could lead to a fall, electrocution, a dearth of exits, and poor guards around machines and other equipment.
Under OSHA regulations, a serious citation means existing conditions result in the "substantial probability" that an otherwise preventable death or traumatic injury will happen. Such a citation also means the company is aware or should be of the dangers.
Export Fuel has 15 days to pay the fine, set a meeting to discuss the conditions underlying the citations or challenge OSHA's findings with the independent Occupational Safety and Health Review Commission.
First Published February 27, 2013 11:32 am