Ladysmith Manufacturer Faces Fine For Worker Death

Federal regulators want to fine a Medford-based company $114,000 for safety violations that contributed to the death of a worker at a factory in Ladysmith last year.

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration cited Weather Shield Manufacturing Inc. for eight violations of federal workplace safety and health standards.

The agency opened the investigation in September after a forklift operator, Harley Hattamer, was crushed by a large stack of lumber. The 19-year-old Holcombe man died from injuries.

The company, which manufactures wood and vinyl insulated entry doors and windows, has 15 working days to appeal. Spokesman Jeff Williams says they're in the process of contesting the citation and are working with government officials.