OSHA fines contractor for death of worker crushed by backhoe


The Minnesota Occupational Safety and Health Administration has cited S.M. Hentges with two violations and $28,500 in fines following the death of a worker was crushed by a backhoe at Fort Snelling State Park last fall, Mendota Heights Patch reports.

The Jordan-based construction firm is reportedly appealing the OSHA citations.

Jeffery Tukua, of Hastings, was putting down planks when his backhoe tipped over in soft ground. The 46-year-old was working on a pond-dredging project to capture airport runoff.

The night before the tragic accident, Tukua reportedly told his wife that “he felt the job was dangerous and someone was going to get killed.”

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