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April 27, 2014

Mass. workers hurt, killed to be honored

BOSTON (AP) — Massachusetts workers who were killed, injured or made ill on their job in 2013 will be honored at a special workers memorial event at the Statehouse.

Tomorrow’s event will highlight some of the leading causes of death in the workplace, including falls, being crushed in machinery or being struck by equipment.

The memorial is also meant to spotlight what critics say is the relatively low fines assessed to employers hit with workplace safety violations from the Office of Occupational Safety and Health Administration.

Among those scheduled to participate in the event are state Labor Secretary Rachel Kaprielian and Ada Garcia, mother of Victor Gerena, who died at a fish processing plant.

The memorial and the release of a new report on workplace fatalities in Massachusetts will take place at noon at the Statehouse.

Senate voting on changes to pre-buy contracts

CONCORD, N.H. — Disruptions in home heating oil deliveries this winter by one of New Hampshire’s largest fuel companies is helping drive changes in the law governing when dealers can contract with customers to buy fuel in advance.

The Senate votes Thursday on a House bill to prohibit dealers from advertising or soliciting earlier than May 1 for consumers to enter into contracts for the upcoming fuel season. Currently, the contracts can’t be offered before Jan. 1.

The Senate Commerce Committee is recommending passing the bill with an amendment to let consumers sign contracts before May 1 at their request.

This winter, hundreds of customers complained about delivery problems with Fred Fuller Oil Co. The company blamed the problems on extreme weather conditions, a huge increase in demand and its phone system.

Mass. officials: clean out medicine cabinets

BOSTON — State officials are highlighting a recent surge in opiate overdoses in Massachusetts in urging people to clean out their medicine cabinets this weekend.

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