Pauma Valley zipline company facing $25K in penalties over worker’s fatal fall

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration 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 Thursday, March 10.The proposed penalties against La Jolla Zip Zoom Ziplines stem from the death of 34-year-old Joaquin Romero, who fell about 50 feet 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 hospitalizati
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