Pauma Valley Zipline Company Facing $25K in Penalties Over Worker's Fatal Fall
Last updated 3/11/2022 at 5:03pm
PAUMA VALLEY - OSHA has proposed nearly $25,000 in penalties against a Pauma Valley zipline company for allegedly failing to provide adequate safety measures that could have prevented a worker's fatal fall, it was announced today.
The proposed penalties against La Jolla Zip Zoom Ziplines stem from the death of 34-year-old Joaquin Romero, who fell about 50 feet on Oct. 30,
2021. He died in a hospital two days later.
According to an OSHA investigation, the zipline company ``failed to install a guardrail, safety net or personal fall arrest system'' and also did
not train employees on how to recognize fall hazards. The company also ``failed to assess the workplace to determine the presence of hazards and did not report a work-related hospitalization within 24 hours,'' according to OSHA.
In addition to $24,861 in proposed penalties, OSHA cited the company for ``four serious safety violations.
OSHA Area Director Derek Engard said, ``La Jolla Zip Zoom Ziplines failed to meet their obligation to protect their employees. If they had simply
provided the proper protective equipment, this senseless tragedy could have been prevented.''
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