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Pickathon Music Fest Firms Cited by Oregon OSHA in Worker Deaths

Feb. 13, 2020, 6:22 PM

A music festival operator and its subcontractor were cited by Oregon OSHA after two workers were killed in a boom lift accident at the Pickathon Music Festival in the Portland area.

Following an investigation of the accident that killed workers Brandon Blackmore and Brad Swet in August 2019, Oregon’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration issued $31,000 in fines against the two companies.

The division’s investigation found Pickathon LLC and its subcontractor GuildWorks LLC “failed to follow safety rules governing the operation of a boom lift,” according to a statement from the Oregon agency Wednesday. The two workers, on the platform...

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