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April 28, 2011
OSHA Fines for Fall Hazards Levied on Several Employers

OSHA is cracking down on construction contractors for exposing workers to fall hazards, according to BLR's OSHA Compliance Advisor, and the agency recently cited employers at three worksites. Falls are a leading cause of injury and death in the workplace.

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The agency cited homebuilder D.R. Horton of Greenwood Village, Colorado, along with four subcontractors, for safety violations resulting from a fall hazard inspection at a Parker, Colorado worksite. Proposed penalties for all employers at the worksite total $93,640.

According to OSHA, D.R. Horton has been cited with one repeat violation of OSHA’s residential construction fall protection standard for failing to protect workers from falls during framing and sheathing. The proposed penalty is $70,000. The company was cited for similar hazards in April and September, 2006.

Denver-based subcontractors Kellory & Company, Inc., Webb Construction, Inc., Dain Construction, Inc. and LBR Construction, Inc., are being cited with repeat and serious violations at the Parker site carrying a combined proposed penalty of $23,640. The alleged violations relate to a lack of fall protection during framing and sheathing, and inadequate training on the use of forklifts OSHA has also issued Allied Roofing Systems, LLC of Springfield, Missouri, four safety citations following an inspection of an Omaha job site where employees were exposed to fall hazards while installing a roof. Proposed penalties total $64,000. The inspection was initiated in December 2010 following a referral stemming from a local emphasis program on fall hazards.

One willful citation with a penalty of $56,000 was issued for allowing employees to work at heights greater than 6 feet without fall protection. Two grouped serious citations with penalties of $5,600 were issued for failing to properly certify that the employees were trained to recognize fall hazards and the appropriate abatement methods and to retrain those employees exposed to the fall hazards prior to allowing them to continue working at heights. Additionally, one other-than-serious citation, with a penalty of $2,400, was issued for failing to record injuries and illnesses in the OSHA 300 Log.

A & E Roofing of Newton, Kansas, received two serious and four repeat violations for exposing workers to fall and other hazards at a Wichita-area worksite. Proposed penalties total $58,200. OSHA initiated its inspection in February 2011, when employees of the company were observed performing residential roofing work with no means of fall protection.

The serious citations allege that the employer did not have an accident prevention plan and allowed employees to work in areas with a possible danger of head injury without wearing protective helmets. The repeat citations allege a lack of fall protection for employees working at heights, a lack of necessary training on fall hazards, improper use of ladders and a lack of training on the proper use of ladders. The company was cited for similar hazards in September and November of 2007.


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