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Company fined for ballpark worker's death

  • Associated Press
  • April 2, 2014 - 4:45 PM

ST. PAUL, Minn. — Minnesota Occupational Safety and Health is fining a company nearly $52,000 for alleged violations relating to the death of a demolition worker involved in the new St. Paul Saints ballpark.

Sixty-one-year-old Johnny Valek, of Plymouth, was killed in September when a concrete section collapsed on the cab of his backhoe. It was part of a building being torn down to make way for the new Saints ballpark.

The Pioneer Press reports (http://bit.ly/1pOL2Ja ) Minnesota OSHA found three serious violations, including failing to continually make inspections during demolition, and levied a $51,650 fine against the company the man worked for, Rachel Contracting Inc.

According to the federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration website, the company contested the citations last month. A company representative didn't immediately return a call for comment Wednesday afternoon.

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