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Worker gas deaths lead to hefty fines from Cal/OSHA

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California’s Department of Industrial Relations’ Occupational Safety and Health Division (Cal/OSHA) has cited Lamont-based Community Recycling and Resources Recovery for 16 workplace safety violations after two brothers died from hydrogen sulfide gas exposure while working in a storm drain.

The company was fined $166,890.

Confined spaces such as underground vaults, tanks, storage areas, manholes, pits and silos can be especially dangerous work environments because they are often poorly ventilated.

Workers can easily suffocate if oxygen levels drop or dangerous gases accumulate.

This investigation, along with six similar incidents, led Cal/OSHA to launch the Confined Space Emphasis Program, which aims to educate employers about confined-space hazards and provide resources to help keep their employees safe.

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