June 21, 2018
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Danforth violations could lead to hefty fine

By Diana Graettinger

DANFORTH, Maine — Town officials are working with the Bureau of Labor Standards to unravel some violations that could lead to a hefty penalty.

If imposed, the fine could be $500,000.

“It is true that we have been dealing with the Labor Department about some old labor violations, and they sent us a letter saying we are going to be liable for a fine, and we have been working with them and correcting all of our old violations and as far as I know we are in good standing with them at this point,” Town Manager Francis Grey said Wednesday.

The town was notified of the more than 60 violations in January 2008, although some problems were cited more than once.

Violations included safety issues that might affect employees and the public, Grey said.

Among the violations: electric outlets needed to be rewired, light bulbs needed to be covered with safety guards, and a grounding plug on a vacuum cleaner at the wastewater plant needed to be replaced. The town also was cited because some employees had not completed annual training programs.

The town submitted a plan of correction. “We have been addressing our violations,” Grey said.

The violations happened over a period of time and before Grey became town manager. He has been on the job about seven months.

Grey said he has appealed the fine and asked that penalties be waived.

The town manager said a copy of the Bureau of Labor Standards violation letter could be obtained from that agency.

Government officials said Wednesday the violation letter was not public information. “It will be 15 days after the final order,” David Wacker of the Bureau of Labor Standards said Wednesday. He said he expects the information to be available sometime in June.

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