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Schnabel Foundation Company is facing $212,396 in fines for failing to protect employees against crushing hazards while they installed permanent foundation supports beneath the Woburn Public Library, in Woburn, MA, said officials at the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA).

On July 11, OSHA opened an inspection after learning that a 2,600-pound rock dislodged from the building’s foundation and fatally struck a Schnabel employee.

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The contractor also faces citations for failing to instruct employees to recognize and avoid unsafe conditions while working beneath the foundation.

OSHA cited the company for similar hazards in 2015 when an employee was pinned by a granite block that came loose.

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“Failure to supply proper safeguards and training has led to a needless and avoidable death,” said OSHA Andover Area Office Director Anthony Covello. “It is imperative that employers train their employees, and equip them with the necessary tools to prevent crushing and other hazards.”

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