CHARLOTTE, NC (WJZY) — The N.C. Department of Labor issued a citation Tuesday against the Sherrills Ford-Terrell Fire & Rescue following the death of Captain Bradley Long.
The citation is a result of the department’s occupational safety and health inspection that began after the death of Capt. Long on June 6, 2016.
The Labor Department cited Sherrills Ford-Terrell Fire & Rescue for two alleged serious violations of the Occupational Safety and Health Act of North Carolina with a total penalty of $5,600.
Civil penalties for OSH violations are included in the Occupational Safety and Health Act of North Carolina in the General Statutes. The maximum penalty for each serious violation is $7,000. The General Statutes say that the Labor Department has to take into consideration various factors such as the gravity of the violation, the size of the business, the good faith of the employer, and the history of previous violations.
Authorities said the penalties are in no way designed to make up for loss of life. By law, the civil money penalties collected by the N.C. Department of Labor are not the receipts of the department, but rather must be remitted to the Civil Penalty and Forfeiture Fund, which then distributes the money to public school systems.
Sherrills Ford-Terrell Fire & Rescue has 15 working days from receipt of the citation to request an informal conference with the Labor Department, to file a notice of contest with the Occupational Safety and Health Review Commission of North Carolina, or pay the penalty.