Feds: Procedures not followed in fatality

Posted: Wednesday, March 19, 2008

ANCHORAGE - A job site fatality last year in the Matanuska-Susitna Borough occurred because proper procedures and controls were not followed, according to a report released by the federal Mine Safety and Health Administration.

Rick Meshew, 49, of Palmer, died Sept. 20 after he got tangled in a conveyor belt while cleaning the area at a gravel pit owned and operated by Wilder Construction Co., which has an Alaska division. According to the report, the maintenance work was done while equipment was running without protections in place.

The company was ordered to cease use of the belt until hazardous conditions were removed later that month. A citation against the company was terminated in November, after policies and procedures were reviewed with mine workers.

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