- Associated Press - Thursday, March 6, 2014

HASTINGS, Neb. (AP) - A Hastings-based construction company is facing $14,000 in fines for safety violations regulators found after a worker’s death.

The Labor Department’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration says it found three safety violations when it investigated the death of a Werner Construction worker.

The 35-year-old worker died after being struck by a front-end loader at an asphalt facility in Albion, Neb. Werner specializes in asphalt and concrete paving projects.

Werner officials weren’t immediately available to comment, so it’s not clear if they plan to appeal.

OSHA says Werner failed to maintain safety features of the front end loader and failed to train someone to administer first aid. Those are both serious violations.

The company was also cited for failing to assess hazards related to personal protective gear.

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