Region 9 News Release: 06-554-SAN (SF-42)
Date: April 17, 2006
Contact: Roger Gayman
Phone: (415) 975-4742
OSHA Fines Guam Construction Firm $42,900 for Safety Violations
SAN FRANCISCO -- The U.S. Department of Labor¿s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has cited Korando Corporation for alleged safety violations at a parking lot excavation site at Guam Community College in Mangilao.
Following a planned inspection at the worksite Oct. 28, 2005, OSHA cited Korando Corporation for a willful violation, with a penalty of $42,000, for failing to provide cave-in protection for an employee working in a 9-foot deep trench. OSHA has cited the construction firm eight times for violations of the excavation standard between 1995 and 2004, including four previous citations for failure to provide cave-in protection. A willful violation is one committed with intentional disregard of, or plain indifference to, the requirements of the Occupational Safety and Health Act.
OSHA also assessed a $900 penalty for a serious violation related to protruding reinforced steel that was not capped or guarded on the top of a concrete vault, exposing employees to possible serious injury or death by impalement if they should slip or trip. 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.
"These violations occurred because Korando Corporation failed to follow basic safety and health requirements for employees working at the Guam Community College site," said Christopher Lee, acting regional administrator for the federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration in San Francisco. "These violations could have easily resulted in the death or serious injury of one or more of the employees."
Korando Corporation, based in Barrigada, has 15 working days from receipt of the citations and proposed penalties to comply with them, to request and participate in an informal conference with the OSHA area director, or to contest the citations before the independent Occupational Safety and Health Review Commission.
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 workers by setting and enforcing standards; providing training, outreach, and education; establishing partnerships; and encouraging continual improvement in workplace safety and health. For more information, visit www.osha.gov.
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