March 26, 2015BOS 2015-062
New Hampshire electrical contractor exposes employee to fall and electric
shock hazards at Concord jobsite
Daniels Electric Corp. faces $40,000 in fines after OSHA spots violations
Employer name: Daniels Electric Corp., an electrical contractor based in Gilford, New Hampshire.
Inspection site: 8 Loudon Rd., Concord, New Hampshire 03301
Date inspection initiated: The inspection began Dec. 8, 2014. An OSHA inspector driving by the worksite observed a Daniels Electric Corp. employee without fall protection replacing a light fixture on the roof atop the Buffalo Wild Wings Restaurant. An inspection was immediately opened
Investigation findings: OSHA found that the employee was exposed to a 12 foot fall due to the lack of fall protection. An additional fall hazard stemmed from the fact that the extension ladder used to access the roof did not extend at least three feet beyond the roof's edge for required stability. The employee also faced possible electric shocks and burns because the circuit controlling the light had not been locked out to prevent it from becoming unintentionally energized. These conditions resulted in Daniels Electric Corp. being cited for one willful violation of workplace safety standards for the lack of fall protection and two serious violations for the other hazards
Proposed Penalties: $40,000
Quote: "A fall from 12 feet can kill or disable a worker for life; so can an electric shock. While this worker was fortunate that we spotted these hazards before an injury occurred, he should never have been exposed to these hazards in the first place. Required safeguards must be used every time on every jobsite," said Rosemarie Ohar Cole, OSHA's New Hampshire area director. "We encourage New Hampshire employers and workers to visit OSHA's Stop Falls website to learn more and encourage them to participate in this year's Safety Stand-Down to Prevent Falls in Construction from May 4 to 15, 2015."
Next: Daniels Electric Corp. has 15 business days from receipt of its citations and proposed penalties to comply, meet informally with OSHA's area director, or contest the findings before the independent Occupational Safety and Health Review Commission. To ask questions, obtain compliance assistance, file a complaint or report workplace hospitalizations, fatalities or situations posing imminent danger to workers, the public should call OSHA's toll-free hotline at 800-321-OSHA (6742), or the agency's Concord Area Office at 603-225-1629
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Release Number: 15-521-BOS
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