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Labor Department fines another state agency for worker death

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — The state Labor Department has issued a $5,600 fine to another state agency in connection with a worker death in April.

The Labor Department fined the Department of Administration for the death of electrician Hal Rue. State officials said Rue was setting up an aerial lift outside the State Archives building when the lift toppled on him on April 13.

An Oct. 14 letter from the Labor Department said its position had not changed after the two departments couldn’t reach a settlement. The Department of Administration has 15 working days from receipt of that letter to pay the penalty or appeal it to an independent board.

The fine was issued under the general duty clause, which requires employers to provide workplaces free from recognized hazards. The maximum penalty was $7,000.

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