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Contractor Cited for Death of Westfield Officer

WESTFIELD, Mass. (WGGB) – A Mass. construction company has been cited after an accident that resulted in the death of a Westfield police officer.

According to paperwork obtained by ABC40, Revoli Construction of Franklin was cited for not instructing “other employer’s employees on the hazards created when Revoli employees moved vehicles around this jobs site” on Pontoosic Road in Westfield back in July.

On July 26, 2012, Westfield Police Officer Jose Torres was working a construction detail on Pontoosic Road as crews from Revoli were working to put in new water lines, when Torres was hit by a dump truck.

Torres, a 27-year-veteran of the department, was taken to Baystate Medical Center where he was pronounced dead.

OSHA notes in its citation, which was issued on January 22, that Revoli has been previously cited for the same violation, after a crew struck a gas line near May and Pickering Streets in Needham back in November 2009.

For the Westfield incident, OSHA is proposing a $14,000 fine for the repeat violation.

OSHA spokesperson Ted Fitzgerald says that a company has 15 days from receipt of the citation to respond to OSHA and that most companies choose to meet with the agency to discuss or respond to the citation or seek a resolution to the case.

Fitzgeralds adds that Revoli has indicated that it will meet with OSHA, but no date for that meeting has been set yet.

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