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OSHA Fines Transmission Line Contractor

An OSHA investigation found Mesa Line Services LLC had not been following fall safety protocols. One of its employees died while erecting electric transmission lines near Houston. Another employee suffered severe injuries in the same incident. The employees fell about 15 stories from a platform. The workers had not properly secured the platform to the crane suspending it. OSHA cited Mesa for seven serious violations, including failing to follow manufacturer procedures when using a crane as an aerial lift, exceeding the rated capacity of a personnel platform, and failing to secure the personnel platform to the jib assembly. The company faces $95,571 in proposed penalties. Mesa has 15 business days to either pay the fine or appeal against it in front of the Occupational Safety and Health Review Commission.

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