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Greeley, CO-based EnviroTech Services Inc. is facing $64,857 in fines after an employee died due to lack of oxygen while cleaning the inside of a railcar, said officials at the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA).

A second employee who tried to rescue the co-worker was also overcome, but survived.

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OSHA investigators issued citations for the chemical manufacturer for failing to provide respiratory protection; properly ventilate a confined space; implement a permit-required confined space program; and have an emergency rescue plan in place.

“This fatality could have been prevented if the employer had complied with confined space requirements and provided protective equipment,” said Herb Gibson, OSHA Denver Area Office Director.

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EnviroTech Services Inc. has held an informal conference with OSHA’s area director to discuss the citations in an attempt to enter into an informal settlement agreement.

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