Serious Safety Violations Led to Explosion That Killed Worker at Wastewater Plant

Serious workplace safety violations led to the explosion that killed one workers and injured another at a wastewater plant in Canastota in September 2013, according to federal safety investigators.

OSHA said M. Hubbard Construction, Inc. of Mottville, and a subcontractor, Joy Process Mechanical, Inc. of East Syracuse, failed to ensure safeguards and to train workers on the hazards associated with methane gas and confined spaces.

OSHA claims that “this tragedy could have been prevented had basic safety precautions been implemented. Confined spaces and hazardous atmospheres pose dangerous risks to workers. Employers must provide the equipment and safeguards that prevent workers from getting hurt.”

OSHA issued seven citations and proposed $31,020 in fines against M. Hubbard Construction. It issued three citations and proposed $14,700 in fines against Joy Process Mechanical.

In a letter to OSHA, M. Hubbard Construction has contested the citations and proposed fines, while also seeking a possible settlement of them.

The company has 15 days from receipt of the citations to pay the fines, negotiate a settlement with OSHA or contest the findings before the independent Occupational Safety and Health Review Commission.

If you or a loved one has suffered serious injuries while on the job due to an employer’s negligence, contact Fine, Olin & Anderman today for a free case appraisal.

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