- Associated Press - Saturday, July 18, 2015

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) - A pipeline construction contractor has been fined $7,000 by federal officials following an investigation into the early January death of a worker on a project at Moundvsille.

The Charleston Gazette reports (https://bit.ly/1gFtdwK ) the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration cited Snelson Companies Inc. after examining the work site on Long Run Lane.

Steven Ray Hupp of Macfarlan was killed on Jan. 10. OSHA said Hupp was pulled between the track and the frame of a sideboom crane.

OSHA said Hupp was working on a pipeline that would run from the Williams Ohio Valley Midstream gas processing plant to the Blue Racer Midstream plant.

OSHA inspectors cited Snelson for not ensuring the tracks on the equipment Hupp was killed by were blocked when the machine was parked on a slope.

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Information from: The Charleston Gazette, https://www.wvgazette.com

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