- Associated Press - Wednesday, May 13, 2015

NEW ALBANY, Ohio (AP) - A pond-cleaning company has been cited for worker safety violations after one of its divers drowned in a central Ohio retention pond.

The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration says Hebron, Indiana-based U.S. Aqua Vac had two employee diving fatalities in six years.

The company didn’t immediately respond to a message seeking comment Tuesday.

In the Ohio case, a 23-year-old diver’s air supply was depleted during underwater work at a pond in New Albany in November. OSHA inspectors determined the company failed to provide him with a reserve air tank, among other problems.

The agency is proposing more than $223,000 in penalties for the company, which can contest the findings.

The department says the earlier death occurred in 2009 at a retention pond in Deerfield, Illinois.

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