Panel affirms fines of bridge-painting company

ST. LOUIS (AP) — An independent panel has upheld $871,000 in fines proposed against a Missouri bridge-painting company in the cases of two workers who fell to their deaths two months apart in 2006 from the same Kansas City span.

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration says the Occupational Safety and Health Review Commission — a body independent of OSHA — affirmed the fines assessed against Thomas Industrial Coatings Inc.

The two deaths were among three involving Thomas Industrial employees in 2006.

The fines are related to the 2006 deaths just two months apart of two Thomas workers who fell from a Kansas City bridge that was being repaired. OSHA has said neither man was wearing safety equipment required by federal law.

The company is deferring comment until after it has a chance to review OSHA’s announcement.

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