The repeat violations, with $69,300 in fines, involve exposure to fall hazards of approximately 20
The serious violations, with a $20,790 penalty, involve failing to guard the point of operation of a mortar mixer, ensure electrical equipment was properly grounded, ensure makeshift devices were not used to increase scaffold height, and to properly install toeboards on the scaffold edge. A serious citation is issued when there is substantial probability that death or serious physical harm could result and the employer knew, or should have known, of the hazard.
"The company must correct its continued disregard for protecting workers from fall and scaffold hazards and failure to comply with OSHA safety standards," said Lisa Levy, director of OSHA's Hasbrouck Heights Area Office. "Implementing basic, common-sense and legally required fall protection safeguards can save lives."
OSHA has created a fall prevention Web page at http://www.osha.gov/stopfalls with detailed information in English and Spanish on fall protection standards. The page offers fact sheets, posters and videos that vividly illustrate various fall hazards and appropriate preventive measures.
More information on scaffolding safeguards can be found at http://www.osha.gov/SLTC/scaffolding/index.html#recognition.
Mr. Concrete Corp. has 15 business days from receipt of the citations to comply, request an informal conference with the OSHA area director in Hasbrouck Heights, or contest the citations and proposed penalties before the independent Occupational Safety and Health Review Commission.
Under the Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970, employers are responsible for providing safe and healthful workplaces for their employees. OSHA's role is to ensure these conditions for America's working men and women by setting and enforcing standards, and providing training, education and assistance. For more information, visit http://www.osha.gov.
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