OSHA fines northern Ohio company after employee’s death

CLYDE, Ohio (AP) — Federal safety regulators have fined a northern Ohio company more than $16,000 following a fatal accident in October.

The Blade in Toledo reports (http://bit.ly/1S50ylS ) the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration said an employee of W.E. Soil Enhancement was overcome by hydrogen sulfide— a highly poisonous gas —while pumping manure into a tanker truck at a farm near Clyde.

The 31-year-old employee, who wasn’t identified, died from overexposure to toxic fumes.

OSHA fined the company and issued three safety citations. The agency said Wednesday the Bellevue-based company didn’t provide proper safety controls, such as providing respiratory protection or monitoring units.

W.E Soil Enhancement couldn’t be reached for comment. The company has the option to contest the fine and citations.


Information from: The Blade, http://www.toledoblade.com/

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