OSHA Proposes $243K Fine for Maine Contractor

June 15, 2011

Federal workplace safety officials are proposing that a Lewiston, Maine 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 previously cited Lessard Brothers Construction and its predecessor 10 times for fall protection violations at various 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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