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OSHA proposes fines after Maine sewer tank deaths

The Associated Press
Gregory Rec | Portland Press Herald | BDN
Gregory Rec | Portland Press Herald | BDN
Richard Kemp, 70, of Monmouth and Winfield Studley, 58, of Windsor were found dead in a sewage holding tank Tuesday, Sept. 27, 2011, located at the Lodge at Turbats Creek, Kennebunkport.

KENNEBUNKPORT, Maine — Federal workplace safety officials are proposing nearly $17,000 in penalties after the death of two men working in a sewage tank.

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration cited the employer for four safety violations, including failure to ventilate the area where the men were working and failing to test the air quality before and during the work. OSHA also said there was no system in place for an emergency rescue for the employees of Stevens Electric & Pump Service, a Monmouth company that was doing work at a Kennebunkport motel, the Lodge at Turbats Creek.

Fifty-eight-year-old Winfield Studley of Windsor and 70-year-old Richard Kemp of Monmouth died from inhalation of sewer gases last month while working on a sewer pump.

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