Posted September 29, 2018 06:31:58 A professional bear construction company in Minnesota has been fined $1.5 million after an inspector found the company’s employees had failed to maintain proper building and fire codes.
The fine is for the violation of the state’s fire safety regulations, including building and building construction codes.
Minnesota Department of Environmental Conservation spokeswoman Laura Littler said the state Office of the Fire Marshal determined that the company failed to properly train its workers to protect against fires and other hazards.
The department issued a notice to the company, the National Association of Bear Contractors, and the American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM) on Sept. 26 for the violations.
“The company is a small company,” Littlers said.
“It’s not a large construction company.”
The company, Bear Construction, was certified by the American Board of Bear and Game Safety as a contractor in 2009 and 2010, and has been operating since at least 2011.
The company was also the owner of the Bear Farm, a small bear farm near Minneapolis that was inspected and certified by an environmental assessment firm.
The inspection report found the bears at the farm were living in “poor conditions.”
The inspector found that the bears were living at the property in “furnished” spaces with no fire escape, and that they were not permitted to sleep outside in “any other areas” of the property.
Litters said the inspection report was completed in December 2011, but the company did not provide the inspector with the report by that time.
“This is a violation of building and construction code and a violation that will be addressed immediately by the board,” she said.
Lotters said there was no information available on how many workers were working at the Bear Camp, but she said the company does not have any permanent employees on the property at the time of the inspection.
LITTERS: Inspectors found that Bear Camp’s bears were sleeping on the floor in “other areas” as well as in “some other areas.”
There were also signs of rodent infestations and other problems, and they had not been inspected for any prior violations, the inspector wrote.
Littell said that while the inspector did not specify the nature of the problems, it did note that “some of the building and other construction work had not previously been inspected.”
Littels said the inspector found there were no signs of health or safety violations or structural defects at the facility.
The inspector also said that the Bear and Bear Farm’s bears lived in “substandard conditions” and that the facility did not have adequate ventilation.
LOTTERS: The inspector wrote that Bear Farm was aware of the issues but had not responded to the concerns raised by the inspector.
“There is no indication that the management has been able to resolve the deficiencies that are causing the problems,” Littels said.