Ready mix company fined for worker’s death

The death of a worker who suffered fatal head injuries while repairing a cement truck could have been prevented, according to a federal investigation by the Department’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration American Labor.

OSHA determined that when the worker installed a fabricated plate over the chute in the drum of the cement truck, the drum began to spin. The mixing fins inside the drum caught the worker’s head and caused fatal injuries.

The agency found that Greenville Ready Mix Concrete Products Inc. did not establish a lockout/tagout program to prevent the cement truck drum from operating while employees were servicing or servicing it, did not trained employees in lockout/tagout procedures and had not performed periodic inspections. to ensure that proper procedures were followed.

OSHA also found that the company failed to assess the workplace for confined spaces requiring a permit, such as the interior of cement truck drums, provided and ensured that employees use fall protection when working on cement truck beds and exposing workers to silica dust and rotating drums and augers.

Read the citations issued to Greenville Ready Mix Concrete.

The agency issued citations for six serious safety and health violations and proposed fines of $43,506.

“This tragedy highlights the dangers of not ensuring lockout/tagout procedures are not implemented before workers begin to service machinery,” OSHA’s Robert Sestito said in a statement. prepared statement. “Compliance with OSHA standards is not optional. Employers have an obligation to reduce all risks to protect the safety and health of their workers.

Since 1991, Greenville Ready Mix Concrete Products Inc. has specialized in ready mix concrete, sand and gravel, colored concrete products and masonry supplies. The company has 15 business days from receipt of its citations and penalties to comply, request an informal conference with the regional OSHA manager, or challenge the findings before the Independent Safety and Security Review Board. occupational health.

Source: OSHA

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