PENDLETON — Oregon Occupational Safety and Health Division issued fines for two work-related deaths in 2014 in Eastern Oregon. Oregon OSHA classified both violations as “serious.”
Oregon OSHA cited Diversified Concrete Cutting Inc., Salem, $840 for not ensuring safe work conditions, which led to the death of Glen Warren McCoy, 64, of Sparks, Nevada.
The Oregon Department of Transportation contracted Diversified Concrete Cutting, to install rumble strips at the paving project on Interstate 84 about six miles west of Boardman. According to Oregon OSHA’s report, McCoy on the night of July 23 was outside a one-ton 1999 Dodge flatbed truck towing a piece of equipment when the vehicle, operated by another employee, moved forward at about 1 mph and the rear dual tires rolled over him.
The work safety agency reduced the fine from $2,100 to $840 because the company is small.
The day before McCoy died, ODOT employee Don Kendall, 54, of Pendleton, died at a chip seal paving project on Highway 320/Oregon Trail Road just west of Echo. According to Oregon OHSA’s report, Kendall was working to remove a temporary cover from a catch basin grate when a fully loaded, 10-yard dump truck backed over him. Coworkers tried to alert the truck driver just before hitting Kendall, the report said, but the driver was not able to stop the big vehicle in time.
Oregon OSHA fined the Oregon Department of Transportation $3,500 and did not reduce the amount.