Feds investigate Franklin auto shop where man died

Monitor staff
Published: 7/22/2019 2:22:45 PM

Federal investigators are looking into possible workplace safety violations at a Franklin auto shop where an employee died last month after being trapped under a car.

An Occupational Safety and Health Administration spokesperson confirmed Monday that an investigation was opened into the conditions at Beauchine Auto and Towing.

Donald Eastman, 49, of Franklin was working at Beauchine Auto and Towing at 392 N. Main St. in Franklin when he became trapped under a passenger vehicle on June 19. He died before emergency responders were able to transport him to a hospital.

Law enforcement have not released any information about the circumstances leading up to Eastman’s death.

Family members and friends held a memorial for Eastman earlier this month at the Merrimack Valley Railroad Station in Tilton.

In his obituary, Eastman’s family wrote that “loved unconditionally, was respected and loved in return by so many absolutely wonderful friends, neighbors, first responders, and people in his daily world.”

“Don was always eager to help or have a friendly chat,” the obituary reads.

There is not yet an estimated completion date for the investigation into the workplace conditions at Beauchine Auto and Towing, an OSHA spokesperson said.

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