September 1, 2016
OSHA cites Florida contractor again for allowing dangerous fall hazards
AJ New Construction and Repair faces fines of $139K after sites inspections
Employer name: AJ New Construction and Repair Inc.
Inspection site(s): 506 Heron Landing Road, St. Johns, Florida 32259
1684 W. State St., Jacksonville, Florida 32209
Citations issued: OSHA issued citations to the employer on Aug. 26, 2016.
Investigation findings: The U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration conducted two separate inspections of AJ New Construction work sites at the Durbin Crossing subdivision in St. Johns and a new construction home on State Street in Jacksonville. The inspections are part of the agency's Regional Emphasis Program on Falls in Construction.
Background: OSHA cited the company previously in 2015 for repeat violations and for serious violations in 2014 for a lack of fall protection.
Proposed penalties: $139,675
Quote: "AJ New Construction continues to put workers at risk of serious injury or death," said Brian Sturtecky, OSHA's area director in Jacksonville. "Falls are a leading cause of death in the construction industry and can be prevented if employers ensure workers are protected with a fall protection system."
Based in Jacksonville, AJ New Construction is a remodeling and framing contractor. The company has 15 business days from receipt of its citations and proposed penalties to comply, request a conference with OSHA's area director, or contest the findings before the independent Occupational Safety and Health Review Commission.
To ask questions; obtain compliance assistance; file a complaint or report amputations, eye loss, workplace hospitalizations, fatalities or situations posing imminent danger to workers, the public should call OSHA's toll-free hotline at 800-321-OSHA (6742) or the agency's Jacksonville Area Office at 904-232-2895.
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Michael D'Aquino, 678-237-0630, firstname.lastname@example.org
Release Number: 16-1683-ATL (252)
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