Vermont town plans to appeal safety fines

BENNINGTON, VERMONT - The town of Bennington plans to appeal a nearly $6,000 fine alleging a number of safety violations.

The Vermont Occupational Safety and Health Administration says it found 220 safety violations during a July inspection of town facilities.

The Bennington Banner reports the town was flagged several times for not having guards on different machinery installed at the proper distances. Several buildings were flagged for having power strips "piggybacked," and other electrical issues.

The most serious violation was an electrical outlet in the town clerk’s office that was not properly grounded, which could have caused a small refrigerator to be electrically charged.

The town plans to issue a report indicating efforts and time put into correcting violations in arguing for a reduced fine.


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