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Region 1 News Release: 09-1463-BOS/BOS 2009-416
Fri, Dec. 4, 2009
Contact: Ted Fitzgerald
Phone: 617-565-2074

US Labor Department's OSHA proposes $61,200 in fines against Derry, N.H., contractor after employee fall at Medford, Mass., worksite

ANDOVER, Mass. - The U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has cited Tri-State Sprinkler Corp. for alleged willful and serious violations of safety standards after a worker fell ten feet at a Medford, Mass., worksite. The Derry, N.H.-based contractor faces a total of $61,200 in proposed fines.

OSHA began its inspection on Sept.29, 2009, after learning of an August accident in which an employee fell and was seriously injured while installing a sprinkler system above the ceiling of a building located at 215 Harvard St. OSHA's inspection found that no form of fall protection, required when employees work six feet or higher, had been provided.

"The need for fall protection was clear and recognized, yet this employer did not provide this basic, commonsense and legally required safeguard," said Paul Mangiafico, OSHA's area director for Middlesex and Essex counties. "This hazard was exacerbated by a lack of fall protection training, through which the worker could have recognized and prevented this hazard, and the employer's failure to ensure prompt and timely medical attention for the injured worker."

OSHA issued Tri-State Sprinkler one willful citation, with a $42,000 proposed fine, for the lack of fall protection and six serious citations, with $19,200 in fines, for the lack of training and prompt medical attention, not providing a ladder that extended three feet beyond the elevated work surface, not ensuring that the work surface could sustain the employee's weight, exposed live electrical wires and an unguarded pipe threading machine.

OSHA defines a willful violation