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OSHA sets fine for New York State asphalt company involved in fatal accident

30 May 2017

The US Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has fined Gorman Bros. Inc. a total of $17,745 for serious violations after the death of two workers in an explosion last October at its Mohawk Asphalt Emulsions subsidiary in Glenville, NY.

On October 17, 2016, three employees were transferring liquid asphalt from a storage tank to a tanker trailer when they used a propane torch to heat a line to make the asphalt flow easier. The torch ignited kerosene vapours and caused a flash fire, according to OSHA's fatality report.

The fire set off a series of blasts, killing two of the employees and injuring a third.


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