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Massachusetts concrete contractor cited after worker’s death


The U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration said Friday that it cited a Massachusetts concrete contractor after one of its workers was fatally injured in September.

OSHA cited East Freetown-based John Oliveira & Sons Stamp Concrete Inc. for three willful, two serious and one other-than-serious violations and proposed $200,905 in penalties.

The worker was instructed to remove a soil screen on a conveyor and became caught between the conveyor and its frame because the power source was not disabled to prevent an unintended startup, OSHA said.

The company, which has 15 business days to contest the citation and proposed penalties, failed to employ numerous safeguards to protect workers from equipment hazards, OSHA said.