Oregon OSHA fines company $7,000 in wake of worker's death

Oregon OSHA fines company $7,000 in wake of worker's death

EUGENE, Ore. - A worked died last August after an aerial lift tipped over on a hill in South Eugene, catapulting him to the ground.

Now his employer faces $7,000 in fines for violations found during the Oregon Occupational Safety and Health Division's investigation.

David Huynh, 31, suffered a head injury when the aerial lift he was on tipped over August 9, 2013.

Huynh and a co-worker had repaired a newly installated 4G antenna system on a power pole at 48th and Willamette in south Eugene.

Huynh had gone back up on the lift to take photographs of the completed work.

Oregon OSHA investigators found that the Genie 65S aerial lift was set up on a hill, in violation of the manufacturer's instructions.

The investigators also determined that Huynh was not using safety anchors when the lift tipped over.

Oregon OSHA issued a $7,000 fine to North American Powerline Construction Services on February 4, 2014.

Huynh suffered a head injury. He died at a Portland hospital two weeks after the accident.