todayDecember 16, 2022
The Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA) cited the company for six serious and two “willful” violations after it was found that Belt failed to test oxygen levels in the newly installed pipe. OSHA rules require pre-entry planning for a confined space to determine if ventilation is needed.
The company also failed to provide rescue equipment and did not provide appropriate training or obtain permits required by federal law.
“Employers assigning people to work inside a confined space must comply with safety standards, including providing and ensuring the use of required safety equipment, and obtain all necessary permits before the job starts.”
The US Bureau of Labour Statistics reports that between 2011 and 2018, 1,030 workers died in confined space incidents, 61 of them in sewers, manholes and storm drains.
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