Investigation by the US Department of Labor into the death of a construction worker reveals that the Stoughton contracting firm did not adhere to mandatory safety protocols.

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Federal Investigation Finds Stoughton Contractor Responsible for Employee’s Fatal Injuries in Brockton Work Site

In June 2023, a tragic incident occurred at a Brockton work site where an employee of LMA Services Company LLC, a general contractor based in Stoughton, suffered fatal injuries. A federal investigation by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has found that the employer could have prevented this tragedy if they had followed required safety regulations and properly trained their workers on the safe operation of heavy equipment.

During the investigation, OSHA discovered that the employee was working near a compact track loader, which was being used for excavation work on a new building at Brockton Hospital. The loader’s bucket was elevated and being used to load and unload crushed stone on uneven ground, while the employee worked beneath. Unfortunately, the employee was struck by the loader and pinned between the ground and the bucket, resulting in fatal injuries.

OSHA also found that LMA Services Company had delayed providing injury and illness records, which are required to be provided within four hours of OSHA’s request. As a result, the company was issued a willful citation for failing to adequately protect its employees. The citation noted that the employer could have prevented this tragedy by training their employees to follow the manufacturer’s safety warnings, being aware of hazards in the work area, and establishing a site-specific safety plan. Additionally, the company received a second other-than-serious citation for their failure to provide the requested OSHA logs within the required time period. The proposed penalties for these citations totaled $142,642.

According to OSHA, approximately 75% of struck-by fatalities in the workplace involve heavy equipment such as trucks or cranes. The agency emphasizes the importance of employers identifying hazards and taking necessary precautions to ensure the safety and health of their workers.

LMA Services Company has contested the citations and penalties to the independent Occupational Safety and Health Review Commission. The company specializes in earthwork and is based in Stoughton.

This tragic incident serves as a reminder of the importance of workplace safety and the responsibility of employers to protect their employees. By following proper safety regulations and providing adequate training, similar incidents can be prevented in the future.  

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