The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) cited R.E. General Contractor LLC for repeat and serious violations while workers replaced a roof. The contractor faces a total of $49,600 in fines.
The company faces two repeat violations for exposing workers to fall hazards of almost 50 feet without fall protection, as well as using an extension ladder that did not extend at least three feet above the upper landing surface. OSHA cited this company with similar violations in 2008, 2010, and 2011. The repeat violations carry a fine of $46,800.
One serious violation was cited for failing to provide workers with hard hats while working near a material boom lift. The serious violation carries a fine of $2,800.
The OSHA area director stated, “OSHA will not tolerate this company’s continuous disregard for adequate fall protection. Employers have a responsibility to ensure that workers exposed to fall hazards are provided with the proper fall protection equipment, are trained in its use and wear it whenever a fall hazard is present.”
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Paterson, N.J., Contractor Faces $49,600 in OSHA Fines, EHSToday, July 1, 2013