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OSHA News Release
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Region 4


Jan. 23, 2018

U.S. Department of Labor Cites Construction Company
For Exposing Employees to Hazards and Proposes $59,864 in Penalties

PANAMA CITY BEACH, FL – The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has cited Action Concrete Construction Inc. for exposing its employees to fall hazards and eye injuries. The company faces proposed penalties of $59,864.

During its investigation of the company’s Panama City Beach worksite, OSHA inspectors identified one willful violation for failing to install guardrails or use personal fall arrest systems while employees worked at a height of 11 feet. OSHA also cited the company for allowing employees to use a pneumatic air gun without proper eye protection. The inspection was part of OSHA’s Regional Emphasis Program for Falls in Construction.

“Falls are the leading cause of fatal injuries in the construction industry,” said OSHA Area Office Director Brian Sturtecky, in Jacksonville. “Employers must provide adequate training and appropriate equipment to ensure the workers are protected.”

Based in Huntsville, Alabama, Action Concrete has 15 business days from receipt of its citations and penalties to comply, request an informal conference with OSHA’s area director, or contest the findings before the independent Occupational Safety and Health Review Commission.

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 ensure 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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Media Contacts:

Eric Lucero, 678-237-0630, lucero.eric.r@dol.gov
Michael D’Aquino, 678-237-0630, daquino.michael@dol.gov

Release Number:  18-55-ATL (15)


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