Missouri-American Water cited in wake of Joplin death

JOPLIN, Mo. (AP) — A Missouri utility has been cited for two willful safety violations after a Kansas man was killed earlier this year by a chain saw that kicked back and cut him.

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration on Thursday announced the citation and proposed penalties of $140,000 against Missouri-American Water Co.

The case involves the May 16 death of 40-year-old Robert W. Clark of Baxter Springs, Kan., who was helping reroute underground water lines as part of Joplin's rebuilding effort.

OSHA cited Missouri-American for failing to provide support in accordance with manufacturers' instructions and lack of training on pipe-cutting operations.

Mid-American president Frank Kartmann says the company does not agree with the contents of the citation and plans to meet with OSHA to discuss the matter.

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