Feb. 8, 2007
Contact: Dan Fuqua Michael Wald
Phone: (404) 562-2078 (404) 562-2076
TAMPA, Fla. -- The U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has cited Bradenton, Fla.-based Commercial Plastering and proposed penalties totaling $65,600 following the investigation of an employee's death at a St. Petersburg construction site.
"This incident could have been prevented if OSHA safety regulations and equipment manufacturer's instructions had been followed," said Les Grove, OSHA's Tampa area director. "The company unnecessarily put employees' lives at risk."
The department's investigation revealed that guardrails had not been installed on the scaffolding and that planks used on the scaffolding system were not installed according to OSHA regulations. The fatality occurred Sept. 25, 2006, when a worker fell 100 feet from a scaffolding system.
OSHA issued two citations, with proposed penalties of $56,000, for alleged repeat violations of failing to inspect the system for visible defects by a competent person and failing to install guardrails. The company had been cited for these same two violations in 2004. OSHA issues a repeat citation when an employer has previously been cited for a substantially similar violation and that citation and its penalty have become final.
The company also received two serious citations, with proposed penalties of $9,600, for allegedly failing to install planks correctly and failing to train employees to identify and minimize potential hazards. A serious citation is issued when there is substantial probability that death or serious physical harm could result and the employer knew, or should have known, of the hazard.
Commercial Plastering has 15 working 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 Tampa Area Office, 5807 Breckenridge Parkway, Suite A, phone: (813) 626-1177.
Under the Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970, employers are responsible for providing a safe and healthful workplace 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 about trenching safety and other safe work practices, visit www.osha.gov.
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