Putney man, flagger, killed during paving job

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GUILFORD — State officials are investigating the death of a Putney man who was struck and killed by a piece of construction equipment owned by his employer, Bazin Brothers Trucking of Westminster, while the company was paving the parking lot at the Vermont State Welcome Center on Interstate 91.

Eric Streeter, 52, was rushed to Brattleboro Memorial Hospital after the accident, which occurred at about 1:50 p.m. Thursday. He later died at the hospital.

Bazin Brothers Trucking Inc. had been hired by the Vermont Agency of Transportation to repave the parking lots at the Welcome Center, according to the Vermont State Police.

The company's treasurer Robert Tetreault did not return a call seeking comment.

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Vermont State Police Detective Trooper Jason Lengfellner said that in addition to his investigation, the Vermont Department of Motor Vehicles and members of the Vermont Occupational Safety and Health Administration (VOSHA) were also conducting separate investigations.

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On Friday morning, a skid-steer loader - a small loader used for digging or loading - remained at the Welcome Center behind orange barricades.

Streeter had worked as a flagger for Bazin Brothers for about a week; previously he had worked for Green Mountain Traffic Control of Bellows Falls, according to owner Deborah Wright, who said Streeter had worked for her firm as a flagger for three months. Streeter's Facebook page said he was originally from North Springfield and had previously worked for Estes Express Lines.

Streeter's death is the third construction-related death for Bellows Falls-area construction companies in as many years.

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Last year, Derek Goldsmith, 33, of Westminster, an employee at Jancewicz & Son of Bellows Falls, died after a 20-foot fall at a Hanover, N.H. construction site. Jancewicz was fined $35,000 by OSHA, and the fine was ultimately reduced to $13,000.

In 2017, Christopher Hewey, 37, of East Alstead, formerly of Townshend, died in Acworth, N.H., during a job by J.P. Trucking and Excavating of Bellows Falls. J.P Trucking was also investigated and fined.

Contact Susan Smallheer at ssmallheer@reformer.com or at 802 254-2311, ext. 154.


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