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Mar 13, 2013 6:00 PM by Melissa Rafferty - KPAX News

OSHA cites Corvallis asphalt company in worker death

MISSOULA - MR Asphalt in Corvallis has been cited by the Occupational Health and Safety Administration with 16 safety and health violations, following an investigation into the September 2012 death of a worker.

An employee checking asphalt levels from the top of a tank at the M.R. Asphalt facility fell 15 feet, hitting his head on a concrete structure supporting the tank.

OSHA issued a "willful violation" citation because MR Asphalt failed to provide a guard rail or fall protection on the working surface.

Thirteen serious violations include failing to: provide workers with information and training on hazardous chemicals, provide adequate toilet and hand-washing facilities and protect workers from moving parts, such as horizontal shafts, drive systems, rotating chains and sprocket assemblies.

Other violations include exposing employees to electrical hazards and leaving ladders with defects in service. A serious violation occurs when there is substantial probability that death or serious physical harm could result from a hazard about which the employer knew or should have known.

Two other-than-serious violations were cited for failing to record each work-related fatality, injury or illness case, and notify OSHA within eight hours of an occupational fatality. An other-than-serious violation is one that has a direct relationship to job safety and health, but probably would not cause death or serious physical harm.

The proposed penalties total $54,000 and the company has 15 business days from receipt of the citations and proposed penalties to comply, request an informal conference with OSHA or contest the findings before the independent Occupational Safety and Health Review Commission.

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