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SAN FRANCISCO-Los Angeles subway contractor Tutor-Saliba/Perini was fined $70,500 in connection with the death of a construction worker earlier this year.

The California Division of Occupational Safety and Health found the Sylmar, Calif.-based company violated 14 state workplace safety regulations after investigating the Feb. 15 accident in which a worker was killed when chains holding a refuse bin broke, sending the bin crashing into the worker (BI, Feb. 24).

Among the violations were not providing adequate safety protection to employees from various equipment and not establishing, implementing or maintaining an effective injury and illness prevention program.

"As a result of our investigation, our inspectors determined that certain safe operating practices were not followed which might have prevented this tragic accident," said Deputy Cal-OSHA Chief Mark Carleson in announcing the fines. "Eleven of the violations are classified under the serious category, with seven of them relating directly to the death of Tutor-Saliba/Perini's employee."

A spokeswoman for Tutor-Saliba/Perini declined to comment on the Cal-OSHA findings or fine.

Cal-OSHA's Bureau of Investigation also is investigating the accident for possible criminal liability. That investigation is expected to be completed in about a year, a Cal-OSHA spokesman said.