Last October two asphalt workers were killed on the job in a flash fire/explosion. A third worker survived the blast with non-life-threatening injuries.
An investigation conducted by the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s cited two serious violations:
-Not taking precautions against having sources of ignition where flammable vapors are present
-Not having employees wear proper personally protective uniforms while handling hot asphalt
The asphalt company responsible will pay the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration $17,000 in fines.
The vast majority of workplace injuries and fatalities are preventable.
When employers chose to cut corners and undervalue employee safety, we’ll hold them accountable. Click here to learn more.