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Region 9 News Release: 07-763-SAN (SF-55)
Date: May 30, 2007
Contact: Deanne Amaden
Phone: (415) 625-2630

U.S. Department of Labor's OSHA fines Guam construction company $165,000 for safety violations
Department cites employer for two willful, five serious safety breaches

SAN FRANCISCO -- The U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has cited a Guam construction company for alleged safety violations at a water and sewer line construction site in Barrigada Heights following an inspection last December.

OSHA cited SNL Construction for two willful violations, with proposed penalties of $140,000, for failing to provide cave-in protection and safe means of egress for employees working in a 17-foot deep trench. A willful violation is one committed with intentional disregard of, or plain indifference to, the requirements of the Occupational Safety and Health Act and regulations.

OSHA also assessed a total of $25,000 in proposed penalties for five serious violations related to inadequate training, inadequate fall protection, failure to inspect the excavations daily, and unsafe and improper placement of ladders. 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 SNL Construction failed to follow basic safety and health requirements for its employees," said Christopher Lee, OSHA's acting regional administrator in San Francisco. "These violations could have resulted in the death or serious injury of one or more of the employees."

OSHA has cited the employer repeatedly in the past, issuing 20 serious and three repeat violations. The company has failed to pay the full amount of penalties and interest due from previous citations.

SNL Construction, based in Barrigada, has 15 working days from receipt of the current citations to comply, request and participate in an informal conference with OSHA's area director, or contest the citations before the independent Occupational Safety and Health Review Commission.

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