- Associated Press - Friday, February 12, 2016

DENVER (AP) - Two oil field companies have been fined a total of $14,800 for their role in fatally exposing a 57-year-old Greeley man to toxic vapors while he worked in the Weld County oil patch.

The Denver Post reports (http://goo.gl/QxzYF3 ) Greeley-based DJ Basin Transport agreed to pay $5,000 while Mesquite, Texas-based Gibson Energy LLC will pay $9,800 as part of an agreement with the Occupational Safety and Health Administration.

An investigation by federal health officials found that John McNulty died June 24, 2014, after he likely inhaled toxic vapors while measuring oil storage tanks.

OSHA cited the companies for not providing a safe workplace, because employees were opening hatches on top of oil storage tanks, exposing them to toxic petroleum vapors without proper protection.

Company officials could not be reached for comment.

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Information from: The Denver Post, http://www.denverpost.com

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