Date: Tuesday, November 21, 2006
Contact: Roberto Sanchez Dan Fuqua
Phone: (205) 731-1534 (404) 562-2078
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. -- The U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has cited Shipman Inc. after a worker died from a fall at the company's worksite in Hueytown, Ala. The agency is proposing penalties totaling $61,300.
"This tragic accident should not have happened," said Roberto Sanchez, OSHA's area director in Birmingham. "It could have been avoided if the employer had assured that adequate fall protection procedures and training programs were in place."
OSHA's investigation began in response to the June 13 accident that took place as employees of the company were erecting a prefabricated metal building. A worker lost his balance and fell more than 30 feet to a concrete floor.
Shipman was cited for two alleged repeat violations of safety and health standards. The citations, with proposed penalties of $39,500, were issued for hazards associated with the lack of fall protection while engaged in steel erection activities and the improper use of work platforms on vehicles. The company was cited for similar violations in October 2005.
OSHA also issued citations for seven alleged serious violations and proposed penalties of $21,800. These citations included lack of adequate protection from falls; use of improper anchor points; failing to train employees in proper safety procedures; and exposing workers to other hazards. Serious citations are issued 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.
Shipman 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 area office in Birmingham conducted the inspection. The office is located at the Medical Forum, 950 22nd St. North, Suite 1050, phone (205) 731-1534.
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, visit www.osha.gov.
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