Liberty construction company pays $4,000 in penalties for building collapse

Posted Sept. 26, 2012, at 6:09 p.m.
Last modified Sept. 26, 2012, at 6:44 p.m.

BELMONT, Maine — A Liberty construction firm found responsible for a building collapse in July that injured four men was issued two citations from the Occupational Safety and Health Administration at the end of last month.

The construction workers fell about 28 feet to the ground on July 23 after the Route 3 boat storage structure they were building collapsed around them. The men were not badly injured, according to Dan Miller, the owner of Belmont Boatworks.

Miller spoke this week on behalf of Warren & Warren Associates, the company he contracted to build the new building.

Bill Coffin, area director of OSHA, said this week that the construction company was issued citations for improper bracing and for lack of fall protection for the workers.

Warren & Warren paid penalties of nearly $4,000 for the two citations after reductions for the small size of the company, for having no prior OSHA violations and for taking a safety course.

“As far as we’re concerned, the situation was corrected,” Coffin said.

Miller said that the men were all back at work on the building several days after the collapse. The building, which is now just about finished, is beautiful, he said.

“We got lucky,” Miller said. “All four guys got out OK.”

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