OSHA’s increased enforcement activity in 2020 included penalties of over $3M in fall-related citations in Q1.
$114,294 in citations for Turkey Construction Planners, Inc. in Melbourne, FL – OSHA cited this roofing contractor for exposing employees to fall hazards at two worksites. This is the second such violation in just over a year and the company has been cited by OSHA six times in the past five years for similar hazards. The current citation was issued for failure to ensure employees used a fall protection system while engaged in roofing activities and not requiring that portable ladders extend at least 3 feet above the upper landing.
$228,592 in penalties for Interstate Commodities in Fremont, NE – Interstate Commodities violated grain handling standards by allowing an employee to enter a grain bin without a harness and lifeline, resulting in the fatal engulfment of a worker.
$52,626 in citations for R&R Contracting Services in O’Fallon, MO – OSHA cited the facility for nine serious violations after an employee suffered fatal injuries after being crushed by a powered industrial truck. The violations included being cited for lack of guardrails on storage lofts which exposed employees to fall hazards.
$170,560 in penalties for subcontractor CLF Construction & $74,217 for general contractor Toll Brothers – After a fatal 20-foot fall at a residential worksite, OSHA completed an inspection. CLF was cited for one serious violation and two willful violations including failure to provide and require the use of proper fall protection systems. The general contractor, Toll Brothers, was cited with one repeat violations for failing to ensure that a subcontractor provided employees with fall protection.
$240,880 in citation penalties for Jaime Martinez Hernandez, Phenix City, AL – OSHA cited the residential framing contractor for exposing employees to fall and struck-by hazards at two Alabama worksites. This contractor has been inspected six times in the past five years and has been cited for willful, repeat, and serious violations for lack of eye and fall protection and other fall-related hazards.
Fall Protection violations remained the most frequently cited by OSHA for the NINTH consecutive year in 2019. There were 6,010 Fall Protection – General Requirements 1926.501 violations, almost double of the next ranking violation. The top ten also include Ladder (1926.1053) violations in sixth place and Fall Protection Training Requirement violations (1926.503) in 8th place. Make sure to understand your risks and work with a fall protection specialist to ensure you have compliant safety equipment in place.