April 23, 2007
Contact: Jeannine Lupton
Citations carry proposed penalties of $73,000
SEATTLE -- The U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has issued willful, serious and repeat citations against Building Components of Idaho Inc., based in Nampa, Idaho, for alleged safety violations found during an inspection at a construction site in Meridian, Idaho. The citations, which involve the installation of roof trusses manufactured by the company, carry proposed penalties of $73,000.
The OSHA inspection was initiated to investigate the cause of a structural collapse that occurred during the installation of trusses on a wood-frame building.
The willful citation addresses failure by the employer to adequately brace the exterior walls and roof trusses despite knowing the applicable OSHA standard and accepted industry practices for adequate bracing. This citation alleges that the company did not determine if walking/working surfaces had the structural integrity to safely support employees. Willful violations are those committed with an intentional disregard of, or plain indifference to, the requirements of the Occupational Safety and Health Act and regulations.
The serious citation alleges that the company did not use proper materials to brace trusses which may have allowed trusses to strike or pin employees.
The repeat citation alleges that the employer allowed employees to work on the exterior top plate of the structure while setting trusses without fall protection. The citation is classified as ¿repeat¿ because the employer was cited previously for a similar condition.
Building Components of Idaho Inc. has 15 working days following receipt of the citations to contest the violations or request a meeting with OSHA to discuss the violation notices, including methods of correction, length of abatement periods and proposed penalties.
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 the safety and health of America's working men and women by setting and enforcing standards; providing training, outreach and education; establishing partnerships; and encouraging continual process improvement in workplace safety and health. For more information, visit www.osha.gov.
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