Logging company cited for accident | TheUnion.com

Logging company cited for accident

A citation and fines were issued to a logging company whose employee died in a tractor accident last summer east of Nevada City.

Frank Dial Logging of San Juan Ridge was fined $875 after a state Occupational Safety and Health Administration investigation concluded Daniel Lee Keck wasn’t property trained.

On June 24, Keck, according to an OSHA report released Wednesday, died after getting crushed between the tracks and body of a Caterpillar bulldozer that was used to clear brush at a Willow Valley Road property roughly a mile south of Highway 20.

Keck, officially reported as a 53-year-old Colfax resident, had been standing on the track when the bulldozer rolled backward two to three feet. He had stopped the machine on a 9-percent grade and 5-degree sloped section of the property without using the emergency brake, the OSHA report says.

OSHA found fault with the logging company, claiming the company didn’t give Keck proper safety training and because Keck stood on the bulldozer track before getting crushed, according to spokesman Dean Fryer of the state Department of Industrial Relations, which oversees OSHA.

An OSHA investigator tested the tractor and found it didn’t roll when either the brake or emergency brake were used, a report says.

The logging company can appeal the citation and fine, but Fryer was unsure if that has occurred.

Efforts to reach the listed company owner, Frank Dial, were unsuccessful.

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