A Salt Lake-based construction company has been cited by federal officials for alleged safety violations in the wake of an on-the-job accident in which a worker was electrocuted, officials said Wednesday.
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration has issued two citations against T.M. Road Boring, Inc., which carry total penalties of $8,000, said Ryan Kuehmichel, OSHA Boise area director."The willful and other-than-serious citations were issued as a result of a comprehensive safety and health inspection of the company's St. Charles, Idaho, job site," said Kuehmichel.
The probe was launched "following a fatality" at the job site, near Bear Lake, just north of the Utah-Idaho state line, he said.
Robert Bellinger was killed Sept. 21 when a company crew was "operating a crane and ran into power lines that were overhead," Kuehmichel said.
The OSHA supervisor said officials believe the safety violations alleged contributed to the fatal accident.
The company has until Dec. 8 to appeal and would be granted an administrative hearing if it exercises that right.
OSHA alleges three willful violations in one citation, including inadequate safety instruction of employees, operation of equipment too close to live power transmission lines and failure to assign a worker to warn equipment operators of overhead lines.
A willful violation is defined by OSHA as one in which an employer knew of a safety violation or was aware of a hazardous condition and made no reasonable effort to correct it.
The company, which bores tunnels under roads for telephone lines or culverts, also was cited for "other-than-serious" violations, Kuehmichel said. Those included failure to post on equipment recommended operating instructions and hazard warnings, and lack of adequate equipment safety inspections.