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Concrete Firm Fined in Worker's Death

Posted July 16, 2007 2:51 p.m. EDT

— State regulators have fined a Fayetteville concrete company in connection with the March death of one of its workers.

Barry Johnson, 50, was working in a large bin known as a sand hopper at the S & W Ready Mix Concrete Co. plant on Reilly Road on March 6 when sand somehow gave way and poured through a chute above his head and buried him, authorities said.

Crews had to work for about six hours to extricate Johnson's body from the sand pile.

The state Department of Labor recently fined S&W Ready Mix $6,300, citing 12 violations in connection with Johnson's death. The violations included failing to post signs or warn employees of the dangers of the equipment, failing to develop procedures to support rescue operations and failing to establish procedures to cut power to equipment while someone is inside.

The company has 15 days to contest the fine.