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Worker crushed to death by pavement roller

Citations include failure to train employees

March 1, 2013
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ambulanceA worker who was crushed to death by a pavement roller brought on an OSHA investigation that resulted in 18 serious safety violations against Export Fuel Co. in Export, PA.

OSHA blamed the fatal 2012 accident on the company’s failure to train its workers on the safe operation and maintenance of the pavement roller and on recognizing and addressing hazards.

Robert E. Buskey Jr., 55 was killed after witnesses said the paving roller he was working on "lurched forward pinning [him]," according to a Westmoreland County coroner's office press release.

The serious violations include fall and electrical hazards, lack of machine and equipment guarding, lack of energy control procedures, the company's failure to provide employee training in the maintenance and operation of construction vehicles and a safe exit and means of egress.

Proposed penalties total $41,300. Export Fuel has 15 business days from receipt of the citations to comply, request an informal conference with the OSHA area director in Pittsburgh, or contest the citations and proposed penalties before the independent Occupational Safety and Health Review Commission.

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