In a citation issued just over a week ago, a Reading, MA contractor is facing a proposed $42,000 in fines for 10 alleged serious violations of safety standards at a Topsfield worksite for exposing workers to fall hazards. The violations include:
Failing to provide personal fall protection
Failing to train workers to recognize fall hazards
Failing to provide head and eye protection
Failing to properly set up, secure and inspect ladders for damage.
Additionally, an improperly erected scaffold had damaged components, exceeded the maximum allowable height of 20 feet and had not been inspected for defects prior to the start of work.
The company has 15 business days from receipt of its citations and proposed penalties to comply, meet with OSHA’s area director or contest the findings before the independent Occupational Safety and Health Review Commission. If there was a question before about the enforcement of the Fall Protection Guidelines, there shouldn’t be now. It is vital that all contractors take the steps necessary to protect their workers and put effective fall protection measures in place.
Detailed information on scaffolding and fall hazards and safeguards is available at http://www.osha.gov/SLTC/scaffolding/index.html and http://www.osha.gov/SLTC/fallprotection/construction.html, and as always, we’re here to answer your questions and provide direction. Stay safe!