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Region 4 News Release: 06-1367-ATL (159)
Date: August 15, 2006
Contact: Luis Santiago Jo Anne Burgoyne
Phone: (954) 424-0242 (404) 562-2076

OSHA Cites Miami Plastering Contractor for Scaffolding Hazards
Proposed Penalties Total $135,000

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. -- The U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has cited S & J Plastering Inc., Miami., for allegedly exposing workers to repeated and serious scaffolding safety hazards. The agency is proposing penalties totaling $135,000.

"This inspection was initiated under our special-emphasis program on fall protection," said Luis R. Santiago, OSHA's area director in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. "It's our goal to assure that contractors follow required procedures and provide safe scaffolding for workers."

OSHA issued three repeat citations with proposed penalties totaling $120,000. The citations were issued because working levels of scaffolds were not fully planked; too much space was left between planks; platforms were not the required width; safe access was not provided; and guardrails or other fall protection was not furnished for workers.

Repeat violations occur when an employer has been cited previously for a substantially similar condition and the citation has become a final order of the Occupational Safety and Health Review Commission.

The company also received five serious citations and proposed penalties of $15,000. These were issued for failing to provide required support for scaffold planks of certain lengths; failing to provide mud sills and base plates for scaffold legs; not training workers properly; and failing to protect workers from additional hazards.

OSHA issues serious citations when there is a substantial probability that death or serious physical harm could result from hazards about which the employer knew or should have known.

S & J Plastering has 15 days to contest the citations and proposed penalties before the independent Occupational Safety and Health Review Commission. OSHA staff from the agency's Fort Lauderdale office conducted the inspection. The office is located at Jacaranda Executive Court, Building H-100, 8040 Peters Road, phone (954) 424-0242.

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