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Greenwich company fined nearly $26,000 for worker death

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EASTON — The death of an Argyle man in a workplace accident last October has resulted in a $25,803 fine against the company that employed him when the accident occurred.

Fort Miller Fab3 Corp. has agreed to pay the fine as part of a settlement with the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration over the Oct. 18 death of 45-year-old Daniel J. Ingram.

Ingram died when he was crushed by a 7,000-pound steel box that was fabricated at the company’s Wilbur Avenue plant. Workers were removing wheels from it to prepare it for delivery.

The OSHA report on the fatality shows that the box was on a forklift that lifted it 10 to 18 inches off the ground, and when Ingram stepped out of it through a door, it tipped over because the forklift’s forks did not extend the length of the box.

Ingram was pinned between the box and a paint tank, and died from severe trauma. Seven co-workers lifted the equipment off him, but he was pronounced dead a short time later.

OSHA issued three “serious” citations to the company for equipment or safety violations, according to its online report on the investigation.

OSHA had initially proposed a $34,404 fine, but after negotiations with Fort Miller Fab3, agreed to reduce the penalties.

“There was an informal settlement agreement, the employer has paid the penalties and abated the hazards,” said James Lally, a spokesman for OSHA.

The Washington County Sheriff’s Office investigated the death, and determined it was an accident and no criminal prosecution was warranted.

Fort Miller Fab3 Corp. is a subsidiary of Fort Miller Group, which opened the Fab3 Corp plant in Greenwich in 2013 to move operations from a plant in Saratoga Springs. The plant makes dump truck bodies, salt-and-sand spreaders and leaf loaders, according to its website.

The company had no comment to the media after the accident, and a phone message left with the company Wednesday was not returned.

Don Lehman covers crime and Warren County government for The Post-Star. His work can be found on Twitter @PS_CrimeCourts and on poststar.com/app/blogs.

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