Maine Roofing Contractor Charged with Death of Worker Pays $45,000 in Past Safety Violations
Maine-based Purvis Home Improvement Co. agreed to pay $45,000 in fines that occurred prior to a 2018 incident that resulted in the death of a worker.
CentralMaine.com reported on the most recent happenings in the criminal prosecution of Purvis Home Improvement owner Shawn Purvis, who is being charged with workplace manslaughter and manslaughter for the work-related death of Alan Loignan.
On Tuesday, District Court Judge George Singal signed a settlement agreement that Purvis would pay the federal government $3,000 on June 1 and $500 each month for the next seven years. The payments will settle fines related to safety violations that occurred in 2015 and 2018 at two jobsites.
According to CentralMaine, the original base fines, fees and penalties charged by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) totaled $62,350. The settlement is more than $17,000 less than those fines.
The settlement doesn’t clear Purvis of his other fines and legal troubles. OSHA is pursuing a total of $2 million in fines, $1.8 million of which stem from the death of Loignan in December 2018. Loignan, 30, was reportedly working as a subcontracted roofer at a house in Portland, Maine. He climbed down a ladder onto scaffolding and fell 21 feet to his death. He was not wearing a safety harness.
OSHA inspected and cited the contractor for safety violations seven times in the past seven years. OSHA levied an additional $278,000 in fines in December for willful, repeated and serious workplace violations at a jobsite in Springvale, Maine in 2019.
The family of Loignan is seeking a $2.5 million wrongful death lawsuit against Purvis. The lawsuit is pending in the York County Superior Court.