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OSHA Fines NE Company For Burned Worker

Tue, 09/22/2009 - 11:41am

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Omaha asphalt surfacing and paving company Monarch Oil has been fined $52,000 by the federal government for an accident that badly burned a worker.

The federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration says the company violated several safety rules when a worker was covered by almost 240-degree asphalt while transferring asphalt from rail cars into storage tanks.

The federal agency says it found six serious and one repeat violation. The serious violations include allegations of improper use, storage, inspection and maintenance of equipment. The repeat violation alleges the company failed to properly train workers.

Monarch Oil has 15 business days to comply, request an informal conference with OSHA's Omaha director, or contest the findings.

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