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City Hit with Fines in Wake of Transfer Station Death

According to The Day, New London had been cited in 2010 for not having railings at the transfer station.

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A state inspection of New London's transfer station — put in motion after a longtime resident was killed when he fell into a trash compactor at the site — turned up violations that contributed to an unsafe environment.

For its "willful" and "serious" safety violations, the city was fined more than $10,000, according to a report by The Day. The OSHA violation was for not having a railing to prevent a fall of more than 4 feet — something state inspectors had cited the city for back in March 2010, The Day reports.

New London resident Floyd Smeeton, 59, was killed on Jan. 30 when he fell into the compactor while unloading his truck. 

Read more on The Day's website.

Jack Everett March 23, 2014 at 11:58 AM
The next fine will come when the city refuses to comply with the state health commissioner on the wales tail outdoor shower.
DanielShafner March 23, 2014 at 07:08 PM
How does punishing every New London taxpayer help? Ridiculous. What works is to go after anyone who is directly responsible for an unsafe condition. You should be able to pursue a civil or criminal case EXCEPT nope, civil servants are protected from such lawsuits and all you can do us punish the citizenry instead. Heads ought to roll, and the chopping block ought to contain them. Instead, pick our pockets and our eyes roll. Hello Mr. Mayor, what are you doing, personally, to give us back our money?
Greg Bryant March 24, 2014 at 11:04 AM
But the science teacher turned Public Works Director still has his job and someone is dead, no one is held accountable. The mayor picks inept boobs to fill jobs and the taxpayer pays the tab It is impossible to make this up. Those that voted for the mayor as well as those that decided not to come out to vote are the ones responsible.
J. Scagnetti March 24, 2014 at 07:19 PM
I've been going to the dump for a lot longer than the Mayors been around or the public works director. It's tragic that someone lost their life and of course the family should be able to sue, but to lay this on the mayor is just pushing your usual lame agenda. If i go and walk off the pier then by all means put all the blame squarely on my shoulders. Have you ever been to the dump greg? If so did you go running through the streets screaming about this obvious violation? Didn't think so . You are one of the lame ex-candidates from the last election who have been pulling this same crap under false names from the jump. Guess what , i'm not fooled. I may not vote for the mayor at the next election but i sure as hell won't vote for you and will make damn sure to try and influence the people i know to do the same.
Allyn de Vars March 24, 2014 at 10:35 PM
The Mayor was elected in 2012, the State issued the violation in 2010. So during the tenure of Mayor Pero and Mayor (now Councilor) Olsen, there was no action to correct this. Before attacking Director Hanser, let's recognize Keith Chapman, the Director of Public Works at that time, who not only didn't get railings installed, but probably didn't leave it on a to-do list either.

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