OSHA has issued fines totaling $167,000 against a New Hampshire construction company. The agency alleges the company violated safety standards when a worker fell from scaffolding and died. The 58-year-old employee, Steven Sawyer, was working in September for Keene-based MacMillin Co. Inc., helping to erect scaffolding at a local school. A plank on which he was working snapped, resulting in a 27-foot fall.
An inspection found the scaffold had not been inspected for defects, and that the workers had not been adequately trained to erect it. MacMillin was found to have determined the feasibility of the use of fall protection. The company did not provide this protection. MacMillin has been cooperating with OSHA. The company says it has not received any safety or health violations from OSHA in six inspections since 2005.
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