OSHA fines Maine construction company in worker’s death

Posted Aug. 18, 2012, at 6:07 a.m.
Last modified Aug. 18, 2012, at 2 p.m.

ALBION, Maine — The Occupational Safety and Health Administration has fined an Augusta construction company after a worker was killed at a job site earlier this year when a house collapsed.

The Morning Sentinel reports that OSHA cited Kennebec Home Improvements on Thursday for three serious violations and fined the company $9,240, according to public records. A lawyer for the company said it may appeal the decision.

An OSHA official says the company has until Aug. 31 to appeal.

Police said 52-year-old Robert Rodriguez of Augusta was killed May 15 and the company owner was injured when a seasonal lakefront home collapsed during repairs in Albion. The camp dropped onto the two men after they jacked up the structure to install new supports underneath. The Fire Department’s Jaws of Life were used to lift the building off the men.

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