Fourth construction worker killed in New Hampshire since May 2017

A Concord man was the fourth construction worker killed on a New Hampshire job site since May. The death of John Davis, 55, recently in Webster prompted an investigation by OSHA, which is looking into three other construction-related fatalities in recent months, OSHA spokesman James Lally said.

Workers with Loudon, NH-based F.L. Merrill Construction were paving a driveway at 8 Deer Meadow Road, a private residence, at the time.

The Webster Police Department is still investigating the circumstances surrounding Davis’s death in Webster this past weekend. Authorities said Davis died when a construction vehicle he was operating went down an embankment and rolled on top of him.


Those other incidents all occurred in May on job sites outside of Merrimack County.

  • Christopher Hewey, 37, of East Alstead died May 16 in Acworth when a trench he was working in collapsed.
  • George Moran, 70, died the next day in Wolfeboro after falling from a scaffold.
  • Frederick Wilhelmi, 32, of Hudson died in late May while working for a tree service company.
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New Hampshire OSHA 10 hour Training Required

According to New Hampshire State law, OSHA 10hr safety awareness training is required for construction workers and supervisors state-wide:

  • Any person who signs a contract to work on a construction, reconstruction, alteration, remodeling, installation, demolition, maintenance, or repair of any public work or building by a state agency or municipality with a total project cost of $100,000 or more. The law went into effect in 2007.
  • Employees who fail to obtain their OSHA 10 Hour Card after 15 days of starting work, will be removed from the jobsite.
  • Employers can face penalties up to $2,500 and a civil penalty of $100 per employee for each day of noncompliance.

New Hampshire Required Training – 10hr OSHA Outreach – Construction
References: Title XXIII: Labor – Chapter 227 Safety and Health of Employees – 277:5-a Occupational Safety and Health Administration Certification; New Hampshire Department of Labor – Safety

Further About the Construction Company

The construction company has been cited for dozens of federal workplace violations since 1994, resulting in $45,000 in fines, according to the New Hampshire Coalition for Occupational Safety and Health.  NH COSH – the statewide nonprofit organization – was established in 1989 to help unions and communities develop better job conditions for workers.