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After 2 Workers Die, Company is Fined $1,475,813 and a Man is Charged with Manslaughter – Part 2

Wednesday, May 3rd, 2017
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The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) imposed penalties of almost $1.5 million against Atlantic Drain Service Company, Inc., in Boston, MA, following an inspection instigated by two workplace fatalities. In addition, the owner faces two manslaughter charges as well as other criminal charges in connection with the workers’ deaths and safety issues on the job.

The following are more details about specific citations against Atlantic Drain for safety violations that were allegedly committed:

The employer allegedly failed to initiate and maintain safety programs that provide for regular and frequent inspections by a competent person of the workplace site, materials, and equipment. Workers are exposed to flying debris generated from pneumatic and power tools and to struck-by hazards from vehicular traffic, where a competent person does not sufficiently inspect the worksite before or at any time during the course of work. Specifically, on or about October 17, 2016, to October 21, 2016, employees who were working in and around an unprotected trench were allegedly not protected from dangers associated with lack of proper personal protective equipment, unguarded power tools, and roadway traffic at the jobsite on Dartmouth Street in Boston. The proposed penalty for this alleged serious violation is: $12,675.

Employees were allegedly not wearing face and eye protection when exposed to possible face and eye injuries from flying debris while working with hand-held portable electric angle grinders, pneumatic tools, and other power tools. The proposed penalty for this alleged serious violation is: $12,675.

See Part 1 and this continuing series.

–Guest Contributor

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