OSHA investigates how Lawrenceburg decorated for Christmas


LAWRENCEBURG, Ky. (WTVQ) – The city of Lawrenceburg is being investigated by the state’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration, OSHA, after someone sent in a picture of city workers standing in the bucket of a backhoe to hang Christmas decorations.

The mayor says city employees were likely trying to save the city money by not renting additional equipment but using a backhoe like that is against OSHA standards.

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The mayor says once the city was warned, employees stopped using the backhoe and rented a bucket truck to properly finish hanging the decorations.

“The truth is, we needed to correct that and we will make that correction and I can assure anyone out there that we will not be using our front loader to put up Christmas decorations in the future,” said Mayor Robert Goodlet.

OSHA says the investigation is ongoing and the city could face citations or fines if any violations are found.

Mayor Goodlet says he’s already planning additional safety training for employees.

The city’s Christmas Parade is Saturday from 11-noon down Main Street.