OSHA proposes $243,000 fine for Maine contractor

Posted June 10, 2011, at 11:31 p.m.

AUGUSTA, Maine — Federal workplace safety officials are proposing that a Lewiston roofing contractor be fined $243,000 for alleged safety violations at its work sites.

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration announced the proposed fines Friday against Lessard Brothers Construction Inc.

OSHA says during visits to Lessard work sites, safety inspectors found employees exposed to potentially life-threatening falls while working without fall protection on a steep-pitched roof.

The agency says it has cited Lessard Brothers Construction previously and its predecessor 10 times for fall protection violations at Maine work sites.

Company owner Stephen Lessard says his company hasn’t willfully violated any rules and that OSHA has singled out his firm. He says his company has a good safety record.

 

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