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Criminal Charges Brought Against Foreman in Connection With Worker’s Death

January 31, 1986

GROTON, Conn. (AP) _ A foreman for a major defense contractor has been charged with manslaughter in the electrocution of a 19-year-old summer worker at the plant.

Charles Franklin of New London, a foreman for the Electric Boat Division of General Dynamics Corp., was arrested Monday and released on $5,000 bond. He is scheduled to appear Feb. 7 in Superior Court in New London on the second- degree manslaughter count.

Michael Ferryman died July 3 when he touched a partially buried high voltage line as he was pulling weeds.

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s Hartford office issued a citation against Electric Boat last summer, saying the company knew or should have known it was violating federal safety and health laws by not locking a gate or posting a qualified observer at an enclosure containing the exposed power line.

On Aug. 25, the OSHA office proposed a $10,000 fine be levied against Electric Boat, builder of the nation’s Trident submarines. The company is appealing.

″In my experience, it is not at all usual for criminal charges to be brought in such a case,″ Robert Yetman, a lawyer for the U.S. Department of Labor, said Thursday.

A spokesman for Electric Boat declined to comment on the case.

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