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December 27, 2012
Contractor cited in fatal fall says it will change its ways

The MacMillin Co., Inc., a Keene, New Hampshire-based contractor, has reached a settlement with OSHA in connection with the death of a worker at a middle school construction site. In reaching the agreement, the contractor agreed to correct all hazards cited, expand safety training, and pay a $100,000 fine.

On September 16, 2011, temporary employees working under the direction of MacMillin were erecting scaffolding at the Keene Middle School when a plank snapped. The worker standing on that plank fell 27 feet to his death on the concrete floor below. 

OSHA’s Concord area office cited the business early in 2012 for failing to inspect the scaffold for defects, adequately train employees, and ensure the use of fall protection during scaffold erection. MacMillin initially contested the citations but later agreed to settle.

“The message cannot be repeated enough: Effective training and adherence to safety standards are critical to protecting workers against deadly or disabling injuries,” said OSHA New England Regional Administrator Marthe Kent.

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