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June 12, 2024

 

Illinois contractor exposes employees to deadly fall hazards twice in 2 months at homes under construction in Hanover Park subdivision

Maestro Construction Inc. continues to flout OSHA regulations for effective fall protection

HANOVER PARK, IL – Federal workplace safety inspectors found an Illinois construction contractor — cited seven times since 2020 — again exposing employees doing framing work to the risk of deadly falls from elevation at two homes under construction in Hanover Park in December 2023 and February 2024.

Inspectors with the U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration observed employees of Maestro Construction Inc. working at heights up to 20 feet without adequate fall protection. Inspectors reported that some workers put on fall protection safety gear but wore it incorrectly, making it useless. The agency also learned the Bolingbrook company failed to certify that employees had been trained in fall hazards or the required use of personal protective equipment. In addition, inspectors found damaged electrical cords in use.

"Contractors like Maestro Construction that willfully ignore federal safety standards for fall protection are endangering the lives and well-being of their employees," said OSHA Area Director Jacob Scott in Naperville, Illinois. "Despite being cited seven times since 2020, this company continues to show a callous disregard for their employees' safety, and we will continue to hold them accountable for their defiance of regulations."

OSHA identified the violations in December and February at two nearby worksites on Greenbrook Court, and issued Maestro Construction two willful, two repeat and two serious violations and one other-than-serious violation. The agency has proposed $264,407 in penalties.

The agency cited Maestro Construction four times in 2023 for fall-related violations.

The Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that in 2022, 1,056 construction workers died on the job, with 423 of those fatalities related to falls from elevation, slips or trips.

OSHA's stop falls website offers safety information and video presentations in English and Spanish to teach workers about fall hazards and proper safety procedures.

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Media Contacts:

Scott Allen, 312-353-4727, allen.scott@dol.gov
Rhonda Burke, 312-353-4807, burke.rhonda@dol.gov

Release Number: 24-1131-CHI