Federal investigation finds 11 violations related to Blue Ridge Parkway worker’s death

From Carolina Pubic Press:

A six-month-long federal investigation prompted by the May 7 death of a maintenance worker on the Blue Ridge Parkway uncovered nine “serious” violations of workplace safety standards by the National Park Service, officials said Thursday.

The violations, which were cited in a Nov. 2 document from the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, have triggered a massive overhaul of mowing operations along the Parkway, Superintendent Phil Francis said.

The results of the investigation and the Parkway’s response could also have wider implications for mowing operations across the national park system, depending on whether other directors choose to implement changes, Park Service spokesman Bill Reynolds said.

The entire OSHA report can be found here.


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