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March 30, 2004: Boiler Repair Firm Fined By OSHA For Fatal Accident

March 30, 2004
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NEW YORK - According to a report in the New York Daily News, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has fined a Bronx-based boiler repair company for safety violations said to have led to the deaths of two workers last fall. OSHA fined Eastmond & Sons Boiler Repair $134,800.

According to the federal government, last September the two workers were cleaning a 4,000-gallon oil tank. One employee was inside the tank. When the first worker did not respond to his calls, the second worker went into the tank. Both workers were said to have been overcome by fumes.

According to officials, OSHA cited Eastmond for failing to evaluate the hazardous conditions in the tank and for not providing the workers with an operating gauge to monitor fume toxicity.

The company stated that it would appeal.

Publication date: 03/29/2004

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