City Cited in Compactor Death

NEW LONDON, Conn. (AP) _ The state Department of Labor has cited New London for violations contributing to a hazardous work environment at a transfer station where a man died after apparently falling into a trash compactor.

The Day of New London reports  that the agency fined New London $9,000 for a “willful” violation related to not having railings protecting against a fall of more than 4 feet in the compactor area.

An aide to Mayor Daryl Justin Finizio did not immediately respond to after-hours phone and email messages seeking comment.

Floyd Smeeton, a city resident, died Jan. 30 after apparently falling into the compactor. His death prompted the state inspection.

Federal health and safety inspectors also issued a citation and fine against the city for not providing a safe workplace for employees who work near the unguarded compactor pit.
Information from: The Day,

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