OSHA Cites “Texas: The Musical” For 2015 Fatal Fireworks Accident
The fatal fireworks accident that occurred in Palo Duro Canyon last July led to an OSHA investigation.
21-year-old Peyton Trueblood, working for "Texas: The Musical" was killed July 31, 2015. She had been working for "Texas" only three months before the incident. Trueblood was conducting an inventory of a cache of fireworks for the show when they ignited, killing her instantly.
After investigating the incident, the U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) issued six serious citations for failing to train workers on the use of explosives, provide fire retardant clothing, perform a hazard assessment and develop a written hazard communication program.
OSHA penalties could run as high as $42,000 with each citation carrying a penalty of $7,000.
The Texas Panhandle Heritage Foundation, Inc, the employer behind "Texas" has 15 business days from receipt of it's citations to comply, request an informal conference with OSHA's area director, or contest the citation and penalties before an independent Occupational Safety and Health Review Commission.