OSHA proposes $7,000 fine in Missouri AT&T worker death

OSHA proposes $7,000 fine in Missouri AT&T worker death

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OSHA proposes $7,000 fine in Missouri AT&T worker death

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Posted on March 8, 2013 at 4:40 PM

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) -- The Occupational Safety and Health Administration has proposed a $7,000 fine against AT&T for not doing enough to protect its employees after a technician was killed in September on a late-night service call.

Kevin Mashburn, an AT&T technician for 41 years, was clubbed in the head with a crowbar Sept. 19 in the Kansas City suburb of Gladstone. He pulled himself to his service truck and radioed for help, but emergency responders didn't arrive for nearly an hour.

In a citation issued last week, OSHA says the company failed to make sure workers have a means of continuous communication to summon help in emergency situations.

AT&T issued a statement saying OSHA ignored the fact that Mashburn had several devices available to call for help, which he was able to do.

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