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OSHA fines Arkansas contractor $287K for confined space deaths

December 8, 2022

The Bureau of Labor Statistics reported in 2020 that 1,030 workers died in confined space incidents from 2011 to 2018, Of those, 61 died in sewers, manholes and storm drains.

Employers must test confined spaces in pre-entry planning to find out if ventilation is needed, OSHA said. Belt Construction allegedly also failed to provide rescue equipment and training for workers on confined entry procedures. It also didn’t obtain permits required by federal law, OSHA said.

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