Worker Dies in Hot Asphalt Silo, OSHA Issues $370K in Penalties
OSHA investigators found that a construction company’s failure to prevent the sudden start-up of a conveyor system contributed to an 18-year-old worker’s fatal injuries after he was pulled into a hot asphalt silo as he tried to remove debris from the conveyor in Oklahoma City.
An inspection at TJ Campbell Construction Co. determined the conveyor system was not locked out/tagged out to avoid accidental startups. OSHA issued willful citations for failing to develop and use procedures for controlling hazardous energy when servicing or cleaning the asphalt conveyor system, and not training workers adequately on requirements for controlling hazardous energy.
In addition to the willful citations, OSHA cited the company for the following:
- Permitting unguarded pulleys, chains, and sprockets on walking and working surfaces.
- Failing to apply energy isolation devices.
- Missing handrails on stairways.
- Uncovered holes in the floor of walking-working surfaces.
TJ Campbell Construction Company faces proposed penalties totaling $370,347.