OSHA, police say Berwick concrete facility not to blame in fatal accident

Posted May 23, 2013, at 5:44 a.m.
Last modified May 23, 2013, at 7:19 p.m.

BERWICK, Maine — A local concrete mixing facility was found to be clear of any workplace safety issues after an accidental death last year.

Inspectors from the Occupational Safety and Health Administration visited the Redimix Concrete plant at 541 Portland St. on Aug. 24, 2012, after a 55-year-old Merrimack, N.H., man was struck and killed by a vehicle.

The initial call about the accident came at 10:03 a.m. Police received a report of a pedestrian who had been struck by a concrete truck in the plant’s driveway. Upon arrival, officers and rescue personnel attempted to revive the victim but were unable to do so.

OSHA and Berwick police conducted a joint investigation into the fatality. OSHA determined there were no apparent workplace violations, according to an official report prepared last year, “just a tragic accident.”

According to the company’s website, Redimix operates 10 facilities in New Hampshire and Maine, including the site in Berwick where the accident occurred. Redimix operates 100 delivery trucks and has four operating divisions in New Hampshire: Manchester Redimix Concrete, Nashua Redimix Concrete, Persons Concrete and Seacoast Redimix Concrete.

Redimix was family-owned for close to 60 years before being sold in 2006 to Oldcastle Materials Inc., a division of the Dublin, Ireland-based construction materials supplier CRH, according to the Redimix website.

Distributed by MCT Information Services

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