Location: Palo Duro Canyon State Park, Canyon, Texas
Citations issued: Jan. 28, 2016
Investigation findings: The U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration initiated an inspection on July 31, 2015 following a fireworks explosion at the Palo Duro Canyon State Park in Canyon, Texas, after a 21-year-old worker was fatally injured while taking an inventory of the pyrotechnics for an outdoor musical production. Following the inspection, OSHA issued six serious citations for failing to train workers on the use of explosives, provide fire retardant clothing, perform a hazard assessment and develop a written hazard communication program.Â
Proposed Penalties: $42,000
Quote: “A 21-year-old worker, with three months of work experience under her belt, lost her life because Texas Panhandle Heritage Foundation failed to provide appropriate training and protective equipment to workers handling pyrotechnics,” said Elizabeth Linda Routh, OSHA's area director in Lubbock.