IR # 97-54
Tuesday, October 28, 1997

Rick Rice
Dean Fryer
(415) 972-8835

Cal/OSHA Cites Metro Rail Contractor After Investigation of Fatal Incident

SAN FRANCISCO --The California Division of Occupational Safety and Health (Cal/OSHA) today, issued five citations to Tutor-Saliba/Perini for violations of state workplace safety regulations related to a July 25, 1997 fatal accident at the company's Metro Rail subway project. One employee died as the result of the incident.

"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 $25,250 in connection to 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 $3,750 and $7,000. Specifically, Cal/OSHA alleges that Tutor-Saliba/Perini: