Civilian worker dies at Army Reserve facility
The death of a civilian employee at an Army Reserve facility in California has resulted in OSHA issuing notices of safety violations to the U.S. Army Reserve 63 Regional Support Command.
The incident at a Sacramento facility occurred when the automated lifting mechanism of a utility vehicle cargo box failed and pinned the worker between the bed and the vehicle frame, causing him fatal injuries.
OSHA investigators determined that there was not an adequate hazardous energy control program in place and failed to provide required injury and illness records to OSHA in a timely manner.
"Employees must be trained on how to safely perform work activities," said OSHA Oakland Area Director Amber Rose. "This tragedy could have been prevented had a job hazard analysis been conducted, and an effective safety and health program been in place."
The command center has 15 business days from receipt of the notices to comply, request an informal conference with OSHA's area director, or contest the findings before the independent Occupational Safety and Health Review Commission.