Region 5 News Release: V-87
Feb. 2, 2000
Contact: Deborah Zubaty
PHONE: (614) 469-5582
OSHA ISSUES CITATIONS TO A CONSTRUCTION CONTRACTOR IN COLUMBUS, OHIO FOR ALLEGED WORKPLACE VIOLATIONS
The U. S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has issued citations alleging three safety and health violations to Khempco Building Supply Company Ltd., Columbus, Ohio following an inspection of their Columbus construction site and has proposed penalties totaling $132,300. Khempco operates as Arlington Blaine Lumber Company.
According to OSHA Area Director Deborah Zubaty, Columbus, a comprehensive safety and health inspection was initiated at the construction site on September 17, 1999. The company was building three and four story apartment buildings at 850 W. Fifth Ave. OSHA issued citations to Khempco Building Supply Company alleging two willful and one serious violation for exposing employees to a 20 foot fall hazard.
The alleged willful violations include: lack of a fall protection system, and lack of fall protection training for the employees. The serious violation is for lack of protection from falling objects.
OSHA defines a willful violation as one in which an employer committed an intentional and knowing violation or a plain indifference to the law. A serious violation is defined as a violation likely to cause death or serious physical injury.
Zubaty said Khempco has 15 working days from receipt of the citations to accept or contest the citations, proposed penalties, and abatement dates with the Occupational Safety and Health Review Commission. The company may also request an informal hearing with the area director.
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