Landscaper killed after being struck by plow at BMS campus in Wallingford

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WALLINGFORD — A landscaper was struck and killed by a privately-owned plow while crews were clearing snow at the Bristol-Myers Squibb campus Monday, according to officials.

U.S. Department of Labor regional spokesman Ted Fitzgerald said the Occupational Safety and Health Administration Bridgeport office has opened inspections into the landscaping company, Brightview Landscaping Service Inc., and the snow clearing company, Cherry Hill Construction Inc.

“The purpose of the inspections is to determine whether or not there were any violations of workplace safety or health standards in connection with this incident,” Fitzgerald said in an email. “OSHA will gather necessary information to determine which standards apply and whether or not the employers complied with them.”

It was not immediately clear when the inspections will be completed.

Wallingford police said the accident involved a snow plow. The identity of the person killed was not available.

Bristol-Myers spokeswoman Lisa McCormick Lavery offered condolences on behalf of the company.

“Our thoughts go out to the individual’s family during this difficult time,” she said in an email.

“We are cooperating fully with the police and OSHA in the investigation,” she said. “Safety is of the utmost importance to us in our workplaces and on the grounds, and we are deeply saddened by this tragic event.”

Both Brightview Landscaping and Cherry Hill Construction declined to comment.

Bristol-Myers is located on Research Parkway
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