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OSHA News Release – Region 4
U.S. Department of Labor
Region 4 News Release
Release Number: 04-852-ATL
Date: May 18, 2004
Contact: Jo Anne Burgoyne
Phone: (404) 562-2076
RALEIGH, N.C. -- The U.S. Labor Department's Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has cited a general contractor and three sub-contractors following the inspection of a Camp Lejeune Marine Corps Base construction site. The agency has proposed $134,200 in total penalties for the alleged health and safety violations.
Although most job safety and health inspections in the state are conducted by the North Carolina Department of Labor, federal OSHA retains jurisdiction on military posts and other federal property.
OSHA began its inspection on Jan. 5. It included reviewing the U.S. Marine Corps' investigation of a serious injury resulting from a Nov. 19 wall collapse at the Consolidated Academic Instruction Facility. The agency's findings determined that four 26-foot-high concrete block walls had no temporary bracing and no limited-access zones.
OSHA issued one willful citation to the general contractor, C Construction Company Inc., with a proposed penalty of $56,000, for failing to provide temporary bracing for the masonry walls. The Tyler, Texas-based company was also cited for three alleged serious safety violations, with proposed penalties of $5,700, for failing to: establish a limited-access zone prior to beginning construction; provide an adequate guardrail system; and assure that equipment functioned properly. The company received a "repeat" citation, with a proposed penalty of $3,000, for failing to guard open-sided floors, exposing employees to fall hazards.
OSHA also issued a willful citation to Rush Construction Company Inc. with a proposed penalty of $56,000, for failure to provide temporary bracing during construction of the masonry walls. The Jacksonville, N.C.-based company was also cited for four alleged serious safety violations, including failure to provide adequate guardrails systems and a limited-access zone. These citations carry total proposed penalties of $7,500.
Additionally, OSHA cited two other Jacksonville-based companies, Southerland Electric Company Inc. and Ramsey Air Conditioning Inc. Each company received two serious citations, with penalties totaling $3,000, for failing to provide required guardrail systems.
The four companies have 15 business days to contest the citations before the independent Occupational Safety and Health Review Commission. The inspection was conducted by the federal OSHA office located in Raleigh at the Century Station Federal Building, 300 Fayetteville Mall, Room 438; phone: (919) 856-4770.
In fiscal year 2003, the U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration conducted almost 40,000 inspections, an increase of more than 2,000 inspections over FY 2002 levels; more than half focused on high-hazard industries. 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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