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Monday, December 24, 2012

Contractor Pays $100,000 Fine For Safety Hazards

Keene, NH, contractor agrees to correct hazards and pay $100,000 fine

The MacMillin Co. Inc., a Keene, N.H.-based contractor, has reached a settlement with the U.S. Department of Labor in connection with the September 2011 death of a worker at the Keene Middle School construction site. In reaching the settlement, MacMillin agreed to correct all hazards cited by the department's Occupational Safety and Health Administration, expand safety training and pay a $100,000 fine.  The original proposed fine was $167,580.

See original post on this OSHA citation.

On Sept. 16, 2011, temporary employees working under the direction of The MacMillin Co. were erecting scaffolding at the Keene Middle School when the plank upon which the victim was working snapped. This resulted in the victim's death after he fell 27 feet to the concrete floor below. OSHA's Concord Area Office cited the company in March 2012 for:
  • failing to inspect the scaffold for defects
  • failing to adequately train the employees in scaffold erection and inspection
  • not determining the feasibility of or to ensure the use of fall protection for the workers during the scaffold erection. 
The company initially contested its citations, but has now agreed to settle the case.

In addition to correcting the cited conditions and paying the fine, The MacMillin Co. will now provide the same level of training to its temporary workers as it does to its permanent staff and it will sponsor presentations to provide fall protection training for those erecting and dismantling scaffolding.

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