OSHA fines companies after 2 killed at Oregon festival

HAPPY VALLEY, Ore. (AP) — The Oregon Occupational Safety and Health Administration has determined that two companies’ safety violations led to the deaths of two workers at a suburban Portland music festival last summer. The Oregonian/OregonLive reports OSHA issued $31,000 in fines to Pickathon and GuildWorks after Brandon Blackmore and Brad Swet died at the Pickathon Music Festival in a lift accident. Pickathon’s director Zale Schoenborn said Thursday that they are challenging themselves to completely redesign and rethink the festival with safety more at the forefront. GuildWorks said in a statement that the company is taking a step back from events this year to focus on training their employees to be safest they can be.