Company fined after worker dies on site near Notre Dame

The Indiana Department of Labor has proposed fines to the company that employed a man killed by a fallen tree at a job site at the University of Notre Dame in November.

Posted on Feb. 16, 2014 at 2:36 p.m.

The Indiana Department of Labor is proposing R&R Excavating pay $17,500 in fines after an investigation into an employee's death revealed several violations.

The Elkhart Truth's news partners WNDU reports that Mark Ellsworth, 22, of Mishawaka died after he was struck by a tree while clearing an area near the University of Notre Dame's campus.

The Dept. of Labor cited five violations for the fines, including that the company did not ensure workers were spaced properly to prevent a person from walking into an area where a tree was falling and the company did not train employees on avoiding dangerous situations while on the job.

R&R Excavating has 15 days after receiving the proposed fines notification to either pay or challenge the Dept. of Labor.

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