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Region 1 News Release: 07-1959-BOS/ BOS 2008-008
Wed., Jan. 9, 2008
Contact: Ted Fitzgerald
Phone: 617-565-2074


U.S. Labor Department's OSHA proposes $84,200 in fines against Corbett Creek Farm of Marlborough, N.H.

CONCORD, N.H. -- The U.S. Labor Department's Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has proposed fines of $84,200 against a Marlborough, N.H., farm where a wall collapse resulted in the death of a 17-year-old employee in early July, 2007. Mary Corbett, doing business as Corbett Creek Farm, was cited for alleged willful, serious and "other-than-serious" violations of safety standards following an OSHA inspection begun July 4.

The teenager was killed when a fractured and leaning concrete and fieldstone wall fell on him while he was performing demolition work inside the barn. OSHA's inspection found that he and other employees were assigned to work within the wall's collapse zone, even though the wall presented a clearly recognized hazard. As a result, OSHA issued Corbett one willful citation, with a proposed fine of $63,000, for this hazard. OSHA defines a willful violation as one committed with plain indifference to or intentional disregard for employee safety and health.

"This case is a graphic example of what can and unfortunately does happen when basic, required and commonsense employee safeguards are ignored," said Francis Pagliuca, OSHA's acting area director in Concord.