Friday, December 22, 2017

Company challenging Occupational Safety and Health Administration fines in Hector International Airport (KFAR) runway death

Shawn Dobberstein, executive director of the Fargo Airport Authority, shows where a collision occurred between an SUV and a small machine operator who was painting markings on the runway Monday, July 31, at Hector International Airport.

FARGO — A Mandan, N.D., company that paints stripes on pavement is challenging $17,746 worth of fines leveled against it by OSHA following a worker's death July 31 at Fargo's Hector International Airport.

Darry Arveson Jr., 48, of Glen Ullin, N.D., was using a vehicle to paint lines on the runway when he was hit by an SUV driven by airport assistant director Darren Anderson.

Anderson, who has worked for the airport since 1997, and his passenger in the SUV were not hurt in the crash.

Arveson died at the scene.

The collision happened on the airport's main runway.

OSHA investigated the incident and issued three citations to West River Striping Co. The citations carry potential fines totaling $17,746, according to Eric Brooks, area director for OSHA.

Brooks said West River Striping has challenged the citations and the case will likely be heard before an administrative law judge in U.S. District Court.

A hearing on the case has not yet been scheduled, according to Brooks.

West River Striping Co. declined to comment on the matter.

Brooks said the citations brought against West River Striping allege illumination was inadequate at the time of the crash and the vehicle Arveson was in did not have adequate headlights, taillights or audible warning devices.

Brooks said vehicle safety was an issue in many employee injury cases OSHA investigated in North Dakota in 2017.

The Fargo airport crash was investigated by the Fargo Police Department.

Deputy Police Chief Joe Anderson said a report on the incident is not yet publicly available because the case is awaiting a decision by the Cass County State's Attorney's Office as to whether criminal charges will be filed.

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