On July 11, investigators from the federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration returned to a work site in Easthampton where a former Dye Works building was being renovated. OSHA had previously investigated possible violations by a Salem general contracting company James J. Welch & Co. Following a complaint by a worker, OSHA returned to address a potential fall hazard.
Since 2008, 11 Massachusetts construction site inspections have resulted in a total of 62 violations. OSHA has now fined Welch & Co. and three subcontractors for unsafe working conditions at the site, some of which were reported by workers themselves, according to OSHA. Two of those companies are reportedly in agreement to pay the fines, but two others are contesting them. An OSHA spokesperson stated that he was unaware of any accidents that had occurred at the site. He also said that the general contractor bears the responsibility of ensuring that all workers are safe on-site, including employees of subcontractors.