OSHA: Deadly Taunton lift accident could have been prevented

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TAUNTON, Mass. (WPRI) — The Occupational Safety and Health Administration has determined that a deadly accident last year in Taunton could have been prevented.

According to a news release, OSHA determined that an accident last August that killed Kevin Miranda could have been prevented if his employer, Skyline Contracting and Roofing Corporation, had followed industry and federal safety standards.

The results of the investigation were released Monday.

Miranda was operating an aerial lift when it tipped over. When the basket he was in hit the ground, Miranda was ejected and thrown 16 feet.

OSHA found that the lift was not on level ground and that Miranda’s “fall protection lanyard” was not attached to the basket or boom.

According to OSHA, investigators determined that Miranda was not trained by his employer to recognize that hazard.

The agency has proposed that a fine of $102,000 be handed to Skyline. The company has 15 days to respond.Eyewitness News reached out to the company for a comment, but we have not yet heard back. 

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