OSHA Investigating Fatal Fall in Hanover

Thursday, October 11, 2018

Hanover — The federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration has launched an inspection of a Bellows Falls company following a fatal fall at a work site in Hanover, an agency spokesman said last week.

Hanover police notified the agency of the fall at Mulherrin Farm Road on Sept. 22, spokesman Ted Fitzgerald said in an email. The agency launched an inspection of the company that operated the work site, Home Improvement Co. of Vermont Inc., doing business as Jancewicz & Son, the same day, he added. He said the agency does not comment on open inspections, and added there’s no timeline for its completion. He also declined to identify the man who died.

According to its website, Jancewicz & Son is a home improvement company, serving Vermont, New Hampshire and Massachusetts.

A Hanover police spokesman declined to provide details on the circumstances of the fall or identify the man last week, but Hanover police dispatch records from that day state police responded a report of a 33-year-old man who fell from 20 feet just after 10 a.m. on Sept. 22. The police spokesman referred all questions to the occupational safety agency.

A Sept. 24 obituary in the Eagle Times identifies the man as Derek Goldsmith, 33. Goldsmith, a father of two, worked as a crew manager for Jancewicz & Son, according to the obituary.

“Derek was a remarkable young man who has been with our organization for many years,” Jancewicz & Son President Jayson Dunbar, said in an email. “(He was) a truly valued employee who was held in high regard by his co-workers and our management team. We are deeply saddened by his loss.”

Dunbar did not respond to emails seeking comment on the circumstances of the fall or the inspection.