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OSHA cites Wynne Transport Service Inc. of Omaha, Neb., following fatality at worksite (8/17)

August 17, 2009
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OSHA has cited Wynne Transport Service Inc. of Omaha, Neb., for alleged violations of the Occupational Safety and Health (OSH) Act.

OSHA cited the company following an investigation into a fatal accident June 12 near Endicott, Neb., where an employee was preparing to pump a load of liquid asphalt for road construction from one parked truck to another. The employee was killed when one of the trucks unexpectedly rolled into the other, pinning the employee between the two trucks.

"This workplace accident was senseless and completely preventable," said Charles Adkins, OSHA's regional administrator in Kansas City, Mo. "Employers must ensure they provide the necessary equipment and training for their workers to prevent accidents like this from occurring."

OSHA inspectors found one alleged serious and one alleged other-than-serious violation of the OSH Act.

The serious violation is for failing to set the vehicle's parking brake and chock the wheels. OSHA issues a serious citation when death or serious physical harm is likely to result from a hazard about which an employer knew or should have known.

The other-than-serious violation relates to the employer's failure to report the accident within eight hours. OSHA issues other-than-serious citations when the violation is directly related to safety and health but unlikely to cause death or serious physical harm.

The violations carry $9,100 in proposed penalties against the company.

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