Perry company cited by OSHA for violations in worker’s fatal fall in N.H.

mwalker@macon.comFebruary 24, 2010 

A Perry company was one of two cited by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration for safety violations in an August incident where a worker fell to his death in New Hampshire.

Perry’s Utility Services Co. faces $93,000 in fines after a man working for Eden, N.C., subcontractor Bullins Painting fell 90 feet from a water tower Aug. 9. The contractors were responsible for rehabilitation and painting of the municipal water tower in Epping, N.H.

OSHA investigators determined both companies failed to inspect fall protection equipment before each use, protect vertical lines against cuts and abrasions and provide a ladder cage or similar equipment to secure tower access ladders.

Utility Services Co. was issued one willful, two serious and three other-than-serious citations by OSHA. Willful violations are committed with indifference to or intentional disregard for worker safety and health. Serious citations are issued when death or serious injury can occur from present hazards.

Each company has 15 days from when it receives its citations to contest the findings with the Occupational Safety and Health Review Commission, independent from OSHA.

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