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Ga. firm fined for teen worker's death

WASHINGTON, May 5 (UPI) -- A Georgia demolition company was fined the maximum child-labor penalty after a teenage employee died at a work site, the U.S. Labor Department said Tuesday.

The penalty against Demon Demo, based in Atlanta, is the first assessed by the department's Wage and Hour Division under the Genetic Information Non-Discrimination Act of 2008, officials said in a news release. The statute raised the maximum level of civil money penalties to $50,000 for each child labor violation resulting in the work-related death or serious injury of a minor.

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The teenage worker died at the company's Gwinnett Place mall demolition site after falling from the second floor.

Besides the $50,000 penalty, child labor fines totaling $3,162 were assessed because the company didn't keep accurate records and allowed a teenager to work in an occupation deemed hazardous by the labor secretary, the department said.

"The federal rules governing the employment of minors are clear, and the consequences for failing to comply are serious," Labor Secretary Hilda Solis said. "Young workers must be employed safely and legally."

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