Region 1 News Release: 11-159-BOS/BOS 2011-057
Feb. 22, 2011
Contact: Ted Fitzgerald
US Department of Labor's OSHA cites Canton, Mass., contractor on Hultman
Aqueduct project in Weston, Mass., for repeat and serious violations
Barletta Heavy Division Inc. faces more than $52,000 in fines
ANDOVER, Mass. – The U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration has cited Barletta Heavy Division Inc. for alleged repeat and serious violations of safety standards at the Hultman Aqueduct project in Weston. The Canton contractor faces a total of $52,500 in proposed fines.
An OSHA inspection found that employees working inside the aqueduct tunnel were exposed to excess noise levels and lacked hearing protection. The tunnel also lacked fire extinguishers, and employees were working in close proximity to an exposed energized electrical panel. In addition, employees were exposed to fall hazards of up to 14 feet from a lack of fall protection and from using a ladder that did not extend at least 3 feet above the upper landing service for required stability.
OSHA had cited Barletta in 2008 for similar fall hazards at worksites at Commonwealth Pier and Ashmont Station in Boston. As a result, OSHA has issued the employer two repeat citations with $37,500 in proposed fines for these recurring hazards. A repeat citation is issued when an employer previously has been cited for the same or a similar violation of a standard, regulation, rule or order at any other facility in federal enforcement states within the last five years.
The noise, fire extinguisher and electrical hazards resulted in the issuance of three serious citations with $15,000 in fines. OSHA issues a serious citation when there is substantial probability that death or serious physical harm could result from a hazard about which the employer knew or should have known.
Barletta Heavy Division Inc. has 15 business days from receipt of its citations and proposed penalties to comply, meet with the OSHA area director or contest the findings before the independent Occupational Safety and Health Review Commission. The inspection was conducted by OSHA's Andover Area Office; telephone 978-837-4460. To report workplace incidents, fatalities or situations posing imminent danger to workers, call the agency's toll-free hotline at 800-321-OSHA (6742).
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 assure 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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