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Hastings construction company fined in wake of worker death

August 21, 2018

HASTINGS, Neb. (AP) — A Hastings construction company has been fined for safety violations following the death of a worker there earlier this year.

Television station KSNB reports that the federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration has fined M&M Industrial Construction $17,000 for six safety violations that investigators say led to the man’s death.

Rafael Ayala Orozco, of Grand Island, died Jan. 26 when he fell about 60 feet from a platform at a fertilizer plant construction site near Hastings.

An OSHA investigation determined that the 39-year-old Orozco was not using fall protection at the time of his death. OSHA says the company violated federal safety codes covering use of aerial lifts, use of hoists and rigging, training and fall protection.

OSHA says M&M Industrial has since taken steps to comply with federal regulations.

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Information from: KSNB-TV, http://www.nbcneb.com.

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