The U.S. Labor Department’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has cited the Daytona International Speedway LLC, for alleged violations of safety standards following the agency’s investigation of a worker fatality on Feb. 8, 2004, at the Daytona racetrack.
OSHA issued one serious citation to the company with four alleged violations. Proposed penalties total $11,175. OSHA issues a serious citation when there is a substantial probability that death or serious physical harm could result from a hazard about which the employer knew or should have known.
OSHA began its investigation after a speedway worker was struck and killed by a racecar while he was gathering debris from the racetrack. The investigation reportedly found that the company failed to enforce industry-recognized safety protocols for entering the track during a race, as outlined in the National Fire Protection Association Handbook. The proposed penalty for this alleged violation is $6,300.
Proposed penalties for other alleged violations included in this citation, but not directly related to the accident, total $4,875.
The company has 15 working days to contest the OSHA citations and proposed penalties before the independent Occupational Safety and Health Review Commission.
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