OSHA: Worker’s Death at Nuclear One Plant Could Have Been Prevented

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RUSSELLVILLE, AR —  The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has cited four companies for 26 safety violations in connection to the death of an employee at the Nuclear One plant.

Precision Surveillance Corp., Bigge Crane and Rigging Co., Siemens Power Generation Inc. and Entergy Operations Inc. are all facing fines which total $175,000 after a crane collapsed at the Nuclear One plant in March, killing one worker and injuring eight others.

Precision Surveillance Corp., in East Chicago, Ind., is being cited for one serious violation with a penalty of $6,300 for failing to provide an effective communication system to alert the operator or signalman through an emergency stop signal.

Bigge Crane and Rigging Co. in San Leandro, Calif., Siemens Power Generation Inc. in Orlando, Fla., and Entergy Operations Inc. in Russellville are being cited for failing to comply with crane-related hazards.

Bigge Crane is being cited for nine serious violations with a penalty of $56,700, and Siemens is being cited for nine serious violations with a penalty of $63,000.

Entergy is being cited for seven serious violations with a penalty of $49,000. Proposed penalties for all violations total $175,000. A serious violation occurs when there is substantial probability that death or serious physical harm could result from a hazard about which the employer knew or should have known.

“This tragedy could have been prevented had the employer ensured vital safeguards to protect workers from potential hazards and proper planning for a project of this magnitude,” said Carlos Reynolds, OSHA’s area director in Little Rock. “OSHA will hold the employers accountable for not meeting their workplace safety and health responsibilities.”

Citations for Precision Surveillance can be viewed here.

View citations for Bigge Crane and Rigging here and Siemens Power Generation here.

Click here to view citations for Entergy Operations.

The companies have 15 business days from receipt of the 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.

*This article has been corrected from a previous version in which the news release stated there were 30 total safety violations, and that Entergy had been cited for 11 serious violations. The US Dept. of Labor issued the correction late Friday afternoon.

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