Feb. 11, 2008
Contact: Leni Fortson
NEW HOLLAND, Pa. -- The U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has cited King Construction Co. LLC for workplace safety and health violations at a Conestoga, Pa., construction site and proposed $101,000 in penalties. The New Holland company is a general contractor with 44 employees specializing in the construction of agricultural buildings throughout the Mid-Atlantic region.
OSHA initiated its investigation on Aug. 9, 2007, in response to a truss collapse that injured six employees. The investigation has resulted in the company being cited for two alleged willful violations, with a proposed penalty of $98,000, and one alleged serious violation, with a penalty of $3,000.
The willful violations address the company's failure to adequately brace trusses while employees worked on and around them, and its failure to provide employees with adequate fall protection. The serious violations reflect the company's failure to train employees on the need for fall protection and strategies.
OSHA also has cited Weaver Construction LLC, a company located in Orrstown, Pa., that was assisting King Construction with the project, for three alleged serious violations due to hazards involving inadequately braced trusses and fall protection, proposing a $6,000 penalty.
"Fall hazards are one of the leading causes of accidents on construction sites," said Dave Roccasecca, acting director of OSHA's area office in Harrisburg, Pa. "The OSHA regulations these companies disregarded are designed to prevent the type of unfortunate accident that took place."
A willful violation is one committed with an intentional disregard of, or plain indifference to, the requirements of the Occupational Safety and Health Act. OSHA issues a serious citation when there is substantial probability that death or serious physical harm could result and the employer knew, or should have known, of the hazard.
Both companies have 15 business days to contest the citations and proposed penalties before the independent Occupational Safety and Health Review Commission. The site was inspected by staff from OSHA's Harrisburg Area Office, 49 North Progress Ave.; telephone 717-782-3902.
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