US Department of Labor's OSHA cites steel and concrete erector in Toledo,
Ohio, with repeat violations for failing to provide fall protection to workers
TOLEDO, Ohio – The U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration has cited Henry Gurtzweiler Inc. with six safety violations at a job site in Oregon, Ohio, including two repeat violations for failing to provide fall protection during steel erection operations and allowing workers to climb out of an aerial lift. Proposed fines total $50,820.
The inspection was initiated Nov. 16 under OSHA's National Emphasis Program for Fall Protection after the agency received a complaint alleging fall protection was not being used on the job site. A repeat violation exists when an employer previously has been cited for the same or a similar violation of a standard, regulation, rule or order at any other facility in federal enforcement states within the last five years. Similar violations were cited in 2008 and 2010.
"Falls are a known safety hazard during steel erection operations and the leading cause of death in the construction industry. Failing to provide fall protection for workers performing this hazardous job is unacceptable," said Kim Nelson, OSHA's area director in Toledo. "Employers cited for repeat violations demonstrate a lack of commitment to employee safety and health."
Additionally, three serious violations involve failing to require the use of safety glasses while using powered tools, using a powered industrial vehicle without a vertical load back rest extension while loading insulation rolls and failing to train workers on fall hazards associated with steel erection. A serious violation occurs when there is substantial probability that death or serious physical harm could result from a hazard about which the employer knew or should have known.
One other-than-serious violation involves failing to provide detailed injury and illness reporting on the OSHA 300 log. An other-than-serious violation is one that has a direct relationship to job safety and health, but probably would not cause death or serious physical injury.
Henry Gurtzweiler Inc. specializes in steel and precast concrete erection, and employs approximately 60 workers. Prior to this inspection, OSHA has inspected the company 19 times since 2000 at job sites in both Ohio and Michigan, resulting in 29 citations. The company has 15 business days from receipt of the most recent 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.
To ask questions, obtain compliance assistance, file a complaint, or report 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 Toledo Area Office at 419-259-7542.
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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