Saturday, May 11, 2002

Agency fines local firms after deaths

The Associated Press

        The federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration has cited and fined two companies for serious accidents last month, including one in which a man died.

        The companies have 15 days to appeal.

        Pierre Foods Inc. in suburban West Chester Township was fined $15,300 following a 30-foot fall April 22 that killed Rick McCarty, 38, of Hamilton, said Dennis Collins, assistant area director of OSHA's Cincinnati office.

        George Kellar, Pierre's vice president of human resources, said company officials are meeting with OSHA officials on Monday. He said Thursday that he won't know whether the company will appeal the citations and the fine until after that session.

        “The citations were a result of the inspection,” he said. “They are not directly related to the employee's death. That is very important.”

        William Pott & Son Inc. in Fairfield has been fined $1,200 and cited for not requiring a contractor to use a tire cage, according to Mr. Collins.

        Daniel Alley, 36, of Batavia, was critically injured April 9 when a truck tire exploded in his face as he filled it with air.

        Officials of the small trucking company could not be reached for comment after business hours Thursday.


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