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    OSHA cites drilling company in fatal explosion at JJ’s restaurant

    The crew of the boring rig that struck a gas line near the Country Club Plaza in February lacked needed training, wasn’t wearing required equipment and improperly relied on “ill-defined hand signals” to communicate, a federal agency said Thursday.

    Citing those and other alleged deficiencies, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration proposed $161,000 in penalties for Heartland Midwest LLC, the Olathe-based drilling company involved in the fatal explosion at JJ’s restaurant.



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    OSHA cites drilling company in fatal explosion at JJ’s restaurant

    The crew of the boring rig that struck a gas line near the Country Club Plaza in February lacked needed training, wasn’t wearing required equipment and improperly relied on “ill-defined hand signals” to communicate, a federal agency said Thursday.

    Citing those and other alleged deficiencies, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration proposed $161,000 in penalties for Heartland Midwest LLC, the Olathe-based drilling company involved in the fatal explosion at JJ’s restaurant.



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    OSHA cites drilling company in fatal explosion at JJ’s restaurant - KansasCity.com
    Read more here: http://www.kansascity.com/2013/08/15/4412750/osha-cites-drilling-company-restaurant.html#storylink=cpy"

    "OSHA also claimed the boring rig operator couldn’t read or speak English, and couldn’t provide evidence of training or certification."

    We got these cheap labor crews in our area. They are not even supplied with site drawings because nobody on the crew can read them. When asked where they will bore, if you can find one that speaks English, they say they do not know. Tell us to just put marks down and they will push their bore into the ground to miss the marks.

    Many have no concept of a right of way or easement. I marked the main run between two house to the back property line where the easement was and then to the left to a transformer. They shot the bore at an angle across the middle of somebody's back yard to the transformer. This is a 7,600 volt power primary they but in out of the easement. Only one guy and the crew spoke some English and that was very poor English he spoke.

    The article does not say if the crew were direct employees of the firm or a subcontract crew. This is how larger firms hire illegals. In my area one such utility installation firm responded to a news reporters question about the reports that they used illegals. The response was "We check all our employees to insure they are legal to work in our country". Had the reporter known enough about our industry he would have understood that yes, the direct employees all were legal, they just accept low bids from small contractors that they know use illegals.

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