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OSHA Fall Protection Fine, $107,900 for NJ Framing Contractor

Posted by Mark Paskell on Thu, Sep 01, 2011 @ 03:30 PM

Looks like OSHA is intent on protecting workers. The fall season is very busy for roofers, painters, framers, siding, builders and remodelers looking to wrap things before winter. Reports from contractors are coming in everyday about and OSHA visit. Protect yourself, your workers and your business and learn why you need to pay attention to this new regulatory scrutiny. Fall Protection Training

OSHA secures federal court order and injunction to protect workers from fall hazards at N.J. construction site: Contractor repeatedly placed workers in imminent danger

OSHA secured a consent order and injunction requiring Sousa Contractors Inc. to comply with OSHA regulations at a West Windsor, N.J., construction site by providing fall protection equipment to employees working from heights of 6 feet or greater as well as proper scaffolding for employees who are installing roof trusses. OSHA cited the framing contractor in June for exposing employees to fall hazards and proposed $107,900 in penalties. Subsequently, inspectors repeatedly observed workers placed in imminent danger--one that could reasonably be expected to cause death or serious physical harm--while installing roof trusses approximately 35 feet above the ground without any fall protection.

The U.S. District Court order and injunction also include requirements that the company retain an experienced independent safety consultant for the duration of the work at the West Windsor site; have a foreman, manager or consultant who has completed OSHA's 30-hour construction safety course supervise work on all of the company's work sites; provide OSHA's 10-hour construction safety course to all employees; and notify OSHA of every construction project that is projected to take more than one week to complete. Sousa Contractors also is required to pay all outstanding penalties imposed by OSHA. See the news release for more information.

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