MR Asphalt president sentenced for safety violations

The president of MR Asphalt in Corvallis, MT was sentenced Monday last week  for violating safety standards that caused the death of one of its employees that happened in September of 2012.

MR Asphalt – and its president Martin Romano – were sentenced to three years’ probation and $7,500 in fines. In addition, $12,500 was ordered to the victim’s spouse.

An employee checking asphalt levels from the top of a tank at the MR Asphalt facility fell 15 feet, hitting his head on a concrete structure supporting the tank.

The investigation revealed the lack of guardrails on the asphalt tank as well as the absence of any type of personal fall protection on the victim’s body.

After the incident, Martin Romano met with MR Asphalt employees and asked them to falsify safety records, specifically to back date records of safety meetings that did not occur.

The investigation revealed that no one had ever been trained or certified in fall protection or fall arrest systems, or that safety equipment was ever available prior to the fatal fall.

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