The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has cited Rocky Fork Hunt and Country Club for failing to protect employees from rollover hazards after a worker suffered fatal injuries when the lawnmower he was operating tipped over.
OSHA inspectors say that Rocky Fork Hunt and Country Club did not have a roll bar installed on the mower, exposed workers to chemical hazards and failed to develop and implement an emergency action plan. Additionally, OSHA found that Rocky Fork did not maintain accurate injury and illness records and it is also alleged that the fatality was not reported as required.
Rocky Fork Hunt and Country Club faces proposed penalties of $25, 869, according to the U.S. Department of Labor.
“Employers have a legal obligation to report fatalities to OSHA within eight hours. A workplace free of hazards is a requirement, not an option,” stated OSHA Columbus Area Office Director Larry Johnson. “When equipment is operated on a slope or embankment, rollover protection must be installed.”
The company has 15 business days from receipt of the citations and penalties to comply, request an informal conference with OSHA’s area director, or contest the findings.
More information about the citations and penalties can be found here.