Steep Penalties for No Lockout/Tagout Procedures

T.J. Campbell Construction, based in Edmond, Oklahoma is an asphalt and concrete paving contractor, facing proposed penalties totaling $370,347. Safety investigators found that the construction company’s failure to prevent sudden start-up of a conveyor system contributed to an 18-year-old worker’s fatal injuries after he was pulled into a hot asphalt silo as he tried to remove debris from the conveyor in Oklahoma City on November 2, 2021.

The U.S. Department of Labor’s OSHA opened an inspection at T.J. Campbell Construction and determined the conveyor system was not locked out/tagged out to avoid accidental startups. OSHA issued willful citations for failing to develop and use procedures for controlling hazardous energy when servicing or cleaning the asphalt conveyor system, and not training workers adequately on requirements for controlling hazardous energy.

The company was also found to have additional willful violations.