BREAKING NEWS: OSHA cites USA Fanter after gas kills 3

The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration has cited USA Fanter for serious confined space violations after three employees died from exposure to hydrogen sulfide gas.

On July 7, 2017, USA Fanter employees were working in and around a well that was not identified as a permit-required confined space. When one employee was overcome by fumes after entering the well, two other employees attempted to rescue him, and were also overcome by the gas.

An OSHA investigation found that the company failed to conduct atmospheric testing, control atmospheric hazards, provide rescue and emergency services, and provide employee training.

The company faces $59,576 in proposed penalties.

“This case demonstrates how failing to follow necessary procedures in confined spaces can have deadly consequences,” said OSHA regional administrator Barbara Goto. “Employers must recognize the dangers of assigning work in confined spaces, and take appropriate precautions to protect workers’ safety and health.”

The company has 15 business days from receipt of its citations and penalties to comply, request an informal conference with OSHA’s area director, or contest the findings before the independent Occupational Safety and Health Review Commission.

Under the Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970, employers are responsible for providing safe and healthful workplaces for their employees. OSHA’s role is to ensure these conditions for working men and women by setting and enforcing standards, and providing training, education and assistance. For more information, visit http://www.osha.gov. (PR)

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  • limitswitch

    Since Fanter was the sub-contractor the immediate action was against them which is correct By OSHA. CUC who was the entity that hired the sub contractor has a responsibility to verify that the sub had trained people doing the specific work. It is obvious they were not. So in effect the families can sue both. However one has to question our local OSHA personnel. They do not enforce OSHA regulations because hey are basically here as advisors. But they were the reporting entity. One can question what info they gave to the investigating personnel. Since they are local folks I doubt they were nonbias.

  • Saipan Haole

    But nothing is done about the Chinese guys who have died on the job…..

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