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OSHA cites Missoula auto body shop after fatal accident

By Emily Adamson, KECI Reporter, eadamson@keci.com
Published On: Dec 24 2013 03:12:46 PM MST
Updated On: Nov 21 2013 04:47:18 PM MST
RICK'S AUTO BODY
MISSOULA, Mont. -

The U.S. Department of Labor Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) issued a citation to a Missoula auto body shop after an employee died on the job.

After an three month investigation OSHA issued one citation with a list of 11 safety violations to Rick's Auto Body. In August, Bruce Hall, 44, was severely burned in a chemical explosion. He died in a Seattle hospital. 

OSHA has proposed $51,100 in penalties for the auto body shop in the citation issued Wednesday. One violation states that "employees were exposed to the hazard of not being able to escape an emergency in the workplace due to lack of emergency exit marking."

Another states "employees were exposed to fire and explosion hazards when flammable liquids...were stored in five gallon open top plastic buckets without secondary containment to contain leaks."

The company has 15 business days from receipt of the citations and proposed penalties to comply, request an informal conference with OSHA’s area director, or contest the findings before the independent Occupational Safety and Health Review Commission.

To read the full citation and list of violations click here.