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OSHA Cites Massachusetts Roofing Company in Fatal Accident

Following an investigation into a Boston construction accident that killed a worker and seriously injured another last February, federal investigators from OHSA have cited a Framingham roofing company for six alleged safety violations. Reliable Roofing and Sheet Metal, LLC has 15 days to contest the penalties or it must pay $31,000 in proposed fines, according to the Associated Press.

The accident occurred on February 7, when a bucket lift carrying James Williamson of Hingham toppled from its full extension of 110 feet. Williamson was thrown into a condo building later died at Massachusetts General Hospital. He was inspecting the roof of a dorm building at Suffolk University in Boston’s Downtown Crossing.

Greg Johnson was seriously injured but survived the construction accident after leaping from the bucket to a terrace a few stories down. The company did not immediately respond to an Associated Press reporter’s request for comment.

Roofing company cited in fatal February accident, Boston Herald, July 14, 2009
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