Concrete Company Fined In Worker's Death

A concrete plant has been fined 63 hundred dollars following an accident in which a long-time worker was killed.

The state Department of Labor issued the fine against S-and-W Ready Mix Concrete on July third for safety violations connected to the death of Barry Johnson. The Fayetteville man was killed March sixth when he climbed into concrete manufacturing equipment to clear a rock that was jamming it.

The machine was still running an automated process and dumped tons of sand and rock on him. Johnson was asphyxiated.

The fine notice lists 12 violations and describes them all as serious. Labor Department spokeswoman Heather Crews says S-and-W has 15 working days from receipt of the fine notice to request a meeting to contest it. The company also is required to correct the violations.

S-and-W lawyer Lew Starling says the company doesn't believe it did anything wrong, and think the incident was just an unfortunate accident.