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OSHA proposes fine of $61,200 against Derry, N.H., Contractor at Medford, Mass

Andover, Mass OSHA cites Tri-Sprinkler Corp. for the alleged willful and serious violations of the safety standards following the fall of a worker from ten feet at a Medford, Mass., worksite. The Derry, N.H based contractor faces $61, 200 in the proposed fines.

The inspection by OSHA began on Sept. 29, 2009 after knowing the accident in August in which employee fell and was seriously injured when installing a sprinkler system above the ceiling of a building that was located at 215 Harvard St. In the inspection OSHA found that no form of fall protection had been provided that is needed for the employees who work six feet or higher.

"The need for fall protection was clear and recognized, yet this employer did not provide this basic, commonsense and legally required safeguard," said the area director of OSHA for Middlesex and Essex, Paul Mangiafico. "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."

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