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Hagerstown Suns fined in worker’s death

HAGERSTOWN — The Hagerstown Suns minor league baseball team faces a $3,500 fine stemming from the death of a ballpark worker.

The Herald-Mail of Hagerstown reports that the Maryland Occupational Safety and Health agency issued the fine June 21 after investigating the death of 18-year-old Mitchell Akers of Smithsburg. The Suns have until July 16 to contest the penalty.

Akers was a seasonal employee of the Suns, a Class A affiliate of the Washington Nationals.

Police say he was riding atop some garbage bags in the back of a utility vehicle when he fell and fractured his skull at Municipal Stadium on April 10.

The state also imposed fines totaling $5,600 for other alleged health and safety violations at the stadium.

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