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Region 5 News Release 04-354-CHI
March 24, 2004
Contact: Brad Mitchell
Phone: (312) 353-6976


Ohio Company Fined $122,300 for Failing To Protect Workers Who Use Scaffolding and Ladders

MILWAUKEE, Wis. -- The U.S. Labor Department's Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has cited Warren Guillard Bricklayers, Inc., of Tallmadge, Ohio, for repeatedly failing to protect workers against falling from scaffolding and ladders.

"To ensure that injury and illness rates continue to decline, we must make sure that employers protect employees from workplace hazards, " said U.S. Secretary of Labor Elaine L. Chao. "The significant penalty of $122,300 in this case demonstrates this Administration's commitment to protecting the health and safety of American workers."

The fine and OSHA citations follow an inspection initiated in September after a worker at an Oakwood, Ohio, worksite fell about 20 feet when the fiberglass ladder he had been climbing split in half. The worker survived the fall, but sustained serious injuries and is currently wheelchair bound.

The company employs approximately 45 workers and has been inspected 42 times at various job sites since its inception in 1969. Since 1974, there have been 44 scaffolding deficiencies cited, with the two most recent inspections revealing a continuing pattern of serious fall protection hazards. The proposed citations and penalties announced today include two categorized as willful, two serious and one repeat.

The company has 15 working days from receipt of the citations to appeal before the independent Occupational Safety and Health Review Commission.

In fiscal year 2003, OSHA conducted almost 40,000 inspections, an increase of more than 2000 inspections over 2002 levels; more than half focused on high-hazard industries. For more information, visit www.osha.gov. The Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration is dedicated to saving lives, preventing injuries and illnesses and protecting the health and safety of America's workers.


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