Idaho Employer of Utah Man Mauled by Bear Could Face $15K in Fines
JACKSON, Wyo. (AP) — An Idaho company is facing a proposed $15,000 in fines after its 31-year-old employee Adam Stewart was killed in a Teton Wilderness bear mauling.
The Jackson Hole News & Guide reports (http://bit.ly/1PnE3a8 ) the Wyoming Occupational Safety and Health Administration is considering the Utah man's death a workplace fatality and has proposed fining ecological consulting firm Nature's Capitol.
An OSHA spokeswoman says the citations are still subject to negotiations and the company hasn't said if it will fight them.
OSHA believes employees weren't adequately protected from contact with bears.
Stewart was hiking alone. He did not carry bear-deterrent spray, a firearm or a noise-maker and did not submit an itinerary or have a required check-in procedure.
DNA analysis determined that four bears were in the area where Stewart's body was found.