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MTA Contractor Cited for Safety Violations

April 04, 1998

After investigating the death of a subway construction worker in Universal City, state inspectors Friday cited a contractor for for five serious worker-safety violations and imposed fines totaling $18,750.

The action by the California Division of Occupational Safety and Health came six months after Brian Bailey, 36, was killed when struck in the head by a grab hook on a hoist used to lift the 30-ton bucket of dirt and rocks out of the tunnel.

Cal/OSHA cited tunnel builder Traylor Bros./Frontier-Kemper for failing to keep a walkway outside a warning fence clear of debris, failing to sound a warning signal to notify employees of the impending movement of equipment and failing to guard equipment from striking passing employees. The contractor also was cited for failing to provide a safe means of access to the employee's work station.

A Traylor-Bros. official, citing a prohibition against MTA contractors speaking to reporters, referred calls to the transit authority. An MTA spokesman said the agency planned to shut down work at the Universal City site on Monday to review job safety with workers.

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