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Company cited in job-site American Samoa fatality

HONOLULU (AP) — The U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration has cited a company in connection with a job-site fatality in American Samoa.

OSHA officials say McConnell Dowell Constructors in Pago Pago faces $42,300 in proposed fines for nine workplace safety-standards violations.

OSHA launched an inspection after the death last July during a crane operation in Leone Village.

According to OSHA, a signalman motioned for the crane operator to stop. OSHA says the crane hook was near a high-voltage power line, and the worker was electrocuted when he approached the crane and touched the crane.

Violations include failure to determine safe working distances when workers were operating a crane close to high-voltage lines.

The company has declined to comment on the proposed fines and violations. OSHA says the company can contest the findings.


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