OSHA cites Maine company for worker death in Nebraska

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INMAN, Neb. (AP) -- Federal safety regulators have cited a Maine company for the workplace death of an employee in northern Nebraska.

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration says in a news release the worker became ill while strenuously laboring in extreme heat this past July in the village of Inman and later died.

OSHA says it's proposed nearly $18,600 in penalties for Smith Mountain Investments, of Anson, Maine. The agency says the utility pole inspection company failed to implement a heat safety program that included water and rest breaks in shaded areas and didn't ensure medical care was available within a reasonable distance.

A company representative didn't immediately respond Thursday to messages from The Associated Press.