A trucking company, Sherman Brothers Trucking Inc., has been cited by the US Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration for 11 safety violations and was fined $113,400 after the death of a worker.
A worker at its Crossett facility was instructed to clean inside a tanker trailer without proper training. He was found unconscious and later died from lack of oxygen.
After an investigation, the company was fined for several violations, including “failure to guard open floor holes to prevent falling into the next level, failure to stabilize a platform used to access a tanker cleaning area with railings to prevent fall hazards, and failure to train workers on confined spaces and hazard communications.”
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