Enforcement Activity releases during the second quarter amount to over $3 million in OSHA fall protection citations. Many of the citations were the result of inspections initiated through the Regional Emphasis Program for Falls in Construction. Fatalities caused by falls from elevation remain the leading cause of death for construction workers.
$51,952 in penalties for Action Roofing Services, Inc based in Pompano Beach, Florida – OSHA initiated an inspection as part of the Regional Emphasis Program for Falls in Construction, resulting in citing Action Roofing Services for allowing employees to engage in roofing activities without a conventional fall protection system. This is the third such citation for the company in the past three years.
$37,591 in penalties for Detyens Shipyards, Inc in North Charleston, South Carolina – A shackle fatally struck an employee during a lifting operation prompting an OSHA inspection. OSHA cited the shipyard for failing to ensure employees used a fall protection system when working at heights and failure to retrain employees exposed to fall hazards. Additionally, the shipyard was cited for exposing employees to caught-between hazards by allowing them to enter between a guardrail and a rudder shaft while it was being lifted.
$1,997,125 in penalties over five investigations of BB Frame LLC (Frame Q & Juan Quevedo) in New Jersey – After conducting five investigations beginning in December 2019, the framing contractor is facing over $2 million in penalties and delinquency fees. The company was under indictment for failure to pay $678,053 in civil penalties and delinquency fees after dozens of violations in four years including lack of fall protection and ladder safety. A complaint investigation initiated in December resulted in nine additional safety violations and $520,860 in proposed penalties. Another investigation at a separate worksite resulted in five citations and $426,785 in proposed penalties. Three additional investigations this year (two as part of local emphasis program for fall hazards and one as a result of a complaint) added 16 more citations totaling $1,049,480 in penalties.
$199,711 in penalties for CJM Roofting Inc for citations at three residential worksites in Florida – OSHA inspectors observed employees working on roofs without fall protection during inspections at three residential worksites as part of the Regional Emphasis Program for Falls in Construction. CJM was cited for failing to provide a fall protection system, failure to ensure that portable ladders extend above the upper landing, and failure to conduct regular inspections of the job site to identify safety hazards. The company has been inspected by OSHA eight times in the past five years, resulting in repeat violations of the fall protection standard.
$126,169 in penalties for CMR Construction & Roofing LLC and Modern Construction Experts in Panama City, Florida – After an employee died after an 84-foot fall while working on the roof of a hotel, OSHA cited contractors for failing to provide employees with a fall protection system while working from heights. Both contractors were cited as repeat violations under 29CFR 1926.501 which states that each employee on a steep roof with unprotected sides and edges six feet or more above lower levels must be protected from falling by guardrail systems with toeboards, safety net systems, or personal fall arrest systems.
$148,264 in proposed penalties for AA&B Builders Inc and Ebenezer General Construction Excavating in Ewing, New Jersey – An inspection initiated as part of a local emphasis program for fall hazards in construction revealed employees working while exposed to hazards involving falls, electrical cords, and scaffolding on the job site. OSHA cited AA&B Builders for four repeat and six serious violations for the safety hazards and proposed $97,542 in penalties. OSHA cited Ebenezer for 10 serious violations and proposed $50,722 in penalties.
$140,720 in penalties for Pegasus Tower Co in Starkville, Mississippi – After an employee suffered a fatal fall from a communications tower, OSHA cited an Arkansas-based company for failing to ensure employees used fall protection and failure to designate, identify, and train employees to provide rescue in the event of an emergency. OSHA provides an online resource for appropriate fall protection and requirements employers must follow to ensure the safety of workers who climb telecommunications towers.
$44,146 in penalties for contractors Prestige Estates Property Management and Jesus Balbuena of Miami, Florida – An investigation followed an employee fatality after falling 20 feet from an aerial lift. OSHA cited the contractors for failing to ensure the use of a fall protection system to protect workers on an aerial lift, failure to train employees to recognize and avoid fall hazards, and failure to develop and implement an accident prevention program. Additionally, Prestige Estates was cited for failing to report a hospitalization within 24 hours and a fatality within 8 hours, as required.
$134,937 in penalties for Crown Roofing LLC in Tamarac, Florida – OSHA initiated an inspection as part of the Regional Emphasis Program for Falls In Construction and observed employees working on roofs without fall protection. OSHA has inspected Crown Roofing 18 times in the past six years, with 12 of the inspections resulting in repeat violations of the fall protection standard.
$170,020 in penalties for Martin-Penero CPM LLC, construction contractor for 1-285 Highway Project – An inspection initiated after an employee suffered a fatal injury in a fall while installing metal decking revealed a failure in fall protection compliance. OSHA cited the contractor for failing to ensure employees used a horizontal lifeline system and fall protection as required. Additionally, the contractor was cited for failing to secure metal decking before allowing workers to use it as a walking surface, failure to provide fall protection training, and failure to conduct job site inspections.
$315,536 in citations for 10 companies in New Orleans Construction Collapse – As a result of the Hard Rock Hotel construction site collapse in downtown New Orleans, three workers died and 18 others suffered serious injuries. OSHA’s investigation resulted in a variety of citations, including inadequate fall hazard training and hazards, collectively resulting in $315,536 in penalties across the engineering firm, general contractor, steel erector, and 8 additional subcontractors.
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