IR #98-11
Friday, April 3, 1998

Rick Rice
Dean Fryer
(415) 972-8835

Cal/OSHA Issues Citations for October 1997 MetroRail Fatality

SAN FRANCISCO -- The California Division of Occupational Safety and Health (Cal/OSHA) today issued five citations to Traylor Brothers/Frontier Kemper for violations of state workplace safety regulations related to the October 8, 1997 fatal accident at the company's MetroRail subway project.

"As a result of our investigation our inspectors determined that certain operating practices were not taken which could have prevented the accident," Cal/OSHA Chief John Howard said. "The company has been cited a total of $18,750 in connection with the accident. All five of the citations are classified under the serious category and three are related directly to the death of the employee."

Each of the serious citations carry penalties between $1,875 and $5,000. Specifically, Cal/OSHA alleges that Traylor Brothers/Frontier Kemper:

California law provides that a company may appeal Cal/OSHA citations and penalties within 15 working days to the Occupational Safety and Health Appeals Board.

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