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Published December 28, 2010, 03:09 PM

OSHA Proposes $92,000 Fine for LM Wind Power After Worker Killed in July Accident

LM Wind Power in Grand Forks is being charged with several work-place violations. The charges follow a deadly accident that happened on July 1st.

LM Wind Power in Grand Forks is being charged with several work-place violations.

The charges follow a deadly accident that happened on July 1st.

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration has looked into health and safety violations after an LM Wind Power employee died in that accident.

OSHA alleges a health and safety citation of one willful violation, three "serious" violations, and one other-than-serious violation.

“A worker’s life was needlessly lost because the employer failed to identify and eliminate the hazards prior to allowing this employee to perform the work,” said Tom Deutscher, OSHA’s area office director in Bismarck. “It’s critical for employers to assess conditions before letting work begin.”

OSHA is also proposing a $92,000 penalty against LM Wind Power.

LM Wind Power received the report Tuesday and they have 15 business days to respond.

42-year-old Joseph Schaff worked at LM Wind Power and authorities say he was on a lift when he suffered a "crushing injury" to his upper body.

Police say Schaff was pinned between two pieces of equipment after a crane was activated remotely.

OSHA will be releasing more information at a later time.

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