NEW ORLEANS, LA (WVUE) - The Labor Department's Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) fined a New Orleans tank cleaner Dedicated TCS LLC $226,310 for an accident that left a worker dead.
The accident happened in October 2015 at the Port of New Orleans rail yard. Three people on a cleaning team were working inside the tanker when one worker said he started having trouble breathing. He escaped and was able to call for help. Firefighters took all three to the hospital, one man died.
Today, OSHA released a report saying an air quality test and harnesses properly tethered to a lifeline for rescue could have prevented the tragedy.
OSHA says it cited Dedicated TCS for the same confined space violation three times before at its locations in Illinois.
The company faces fines for two willful, three repeat and four serious violations related to the October incident in New Orleans.
"Dedicated TCS continues to ignore crucial safety procedures for working in confined space. This is the fourth time OSHA has found this employer in violation of federal safety standards," said Dorinda Folse, OSHA's area director in Baton Rouge. "Sadly, the company's inaction has cost a man his life."
We tried reaching out to Dedicated TCS, but no one answered our call.