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OSHA report due this month

Agency finishes with on-site investigation at Tri-State

Collin Smith

An investigation into worker illness incidents in April at the Craig power plant is about three weeks from its conclusion, said Herb Gibson, area director for the Operational Health and Safety Administration.

On April 18, a total of 19 employees of various subcontractors working on a $39 million environmental upgrade at the plant were taken to The Memorial Hospital after they complained about suffering from nausea, coughing and burning eyes.

Tri-State Generation & Transmission, which owns the plant, reported the details of the accident.

Local emergency service personnel could not comment on the situation because of confidentiality requirements for the people affected.

Everyone who was sent to the hospital was treated and released by noon the next day, Tri-State sources said.

On Monday, Gibson said OSHA had completed its on-site investigation as to what may have caused the incident, though a final report will not be ready until later this month.

He added that he had not read any initial findings, therefore he could not comment on what may have been behind the workers’ problems, or whether OSHA planned to issue any citations as a result of the incident and subsequent investigation.

However, he did not think OSHA had cited Tri-State at this point.

Tri-State closed its internal investigation into the matter in April. The company reported it was not able to find out what sent the workers to the hospital.

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