Guam firm fined $16K in worker’s death


HAGATNA, Guam—The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration has cited Benson Guam Enterprises Inc. in Hagatna for exposing employees to struck-by hazards after an employee suffered fatal injuries when several doors fell on him as he unloaded a shipping container.

OSHA cited the company for failing to secure stored materials to prevent accidental movement or shifting, provide a place of employment free from recognized hazards, and conduct performance evaluations of powered industrial truck operators at least once every three years. The company faces $16,575 in penalties.

“This company’s failure to comply with materials handling and storage requirements led to this preventable tragedy,” said OSHA Honolulu Area office director Roger Forstner. “Following safety procedures is essential for protecting employees’ safety.”  (PR)

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