Company fined for disabling accident
Published 4:02 pm, Wednesday, May 22, 2013
A local company has been fined more than $6,000 for safety violations that resulted in a worker losing eight fingers in February.
OSHA said the company had not provided a safeguard to prevent access to a wire rope for a skip hoist used to move concrete and the employee made contact with the wire rope, resulting in the amputation of eight fingers.
Ackerman had recently taken the job at the masonry supply company after he was displaced last fall from his home on Staten Island by Hurricane Sandy. He is part of one of more than a dozen families who moved into mobile homes on the Faith Church property here in January.
The mobile homes were supplied by The Tunnel to Towers Foundation of Staten Island for victims of the storm that wreaked havoc throughout the east coast.
New Fairfield First Selectman John Hodge, who is also a board member of Tunnel to Towers, said while there is "no excuse" for an unsafe work environment, he believes the company was trying to do the right thing by helping someone displaced by the storm.
OSHA found three "serious" violations at the company, documents state. While fines were originally assessed at more than $10,000, that number was reduced as part of an "informal settlement" between the company and the federal agency.
Officials with New Milford Block were not available for comment.
Information from the Associated Press was used in this report.