OSHA Fines Companies After 2 Killed at Oregon Festival

February 20, 2020

The Oregon Occupational Safety and Health Administration has fined two companies for safety violations that led to the deaths of two workers at a Portland, Ore., area music festival.

OSHA issued $31,000 in fines to Pickathon LLC and GuildWorks LLC after two workers died at the Pickathon Music Festival in August in a lift accident, The Oregonian/OregonLive reported.

Brandon Blackmore and Brad Swet were up in a boom lift taking down an installation when the lift, which was on an incline, tilted and fell, killing them. The Clackamas County Sheriff’s Office said that they were wearing safety equipment and were roped to the boom lift.

OSHA said two alarm devices on the boom lift had been disabled. Each company was fined $12,500 for disabling the alarms.

OSHA also fined GuildWorks $6,000 for not following instructions provided by the boom lift manufacturer.

The agency said the investigation revealed that Pickathon and Guildworks had “a history of failing to follow proper safety procedures.”

Pickathon and GuildWorks didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment. The companies set up a fundraiser for the families of the men after the incident.

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