OSHA Investigation of Redstone Arsenal Deaths: Willful Violations

The federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has completed its investigation of the May explosion at the Redstone Arsenal that resulted in the wrongful deaths of two civilian workers. In a statement released Friday, OSHA cited Amtec for two willful and four serious workplace safety violations that directly contributed to the fatal accident and has proposed a fine of $134,000 against the Huntsville-based company that employed the two men.

Redstone Arsenal spokesperson Dan O'Boyle told the Huntsville Times on Saturday that Arsenal officials had not yet reviewed the particulars of the OSHA report. The Arsenal is performing its own investigation of the industrial accident.

OSHA Says Amtec Failed to Follow Safety Rules and Army Standard Operating Procedures; Amtec Denies Putting Workers at Risk

Amtec "failed to ensure the proper equipment was being used," said OSHA area director Roberto Sanchez, even though it knew the Arsenal job was hazardous, "while also allowing the workers to process the material in excess of 10 times the amount of explosives according to the Army's standard operating procedures."

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