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OSHA News Release – Region 4
U.S. Department of Labor
Region 4 News Release
Release Number: 05-91-ATL (010)
Wednesday, January 19, 2005
Contact: Luis Santiago Jo Anne Burgoyne
Phone: (954) 424-0242 (404) 562-2076
Agency Proposes $79,200 in Penalties
FT. LAUDERDALE, Fla. -- The U.S. Labor Department's Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has cited Macs Construction & Concrete Inc., following the investigation of a building collapse July 22, at a Hobe Sound construction site where two construction workers were killed and several others seriously injured.
"This building collapse could have been prevented if the company had followed OSHA and industry-recognized standards for erecting formwork to support the condominium structure," said Luis Santiago, OSHA's Ft. Lauderdale area director. "Inadequate formwork and load support led to the collapse of the three-story building."
OSHA issued one willful citation, with proposed penalties of $56,000 for failing to erect formwork for the concrete walls that was capable of supporting anticipated loads. The agency issues a willful citation when a company has shown intentional disregard of, or plain indifference to, the requirements of the Occupational Safety and Health Act and regulations.
The company also received two serious citations, with proposed penalties totaling $11,200, for deficiencies related to the shoring of the formwork.
OSHA also issued two repeat citations unrelated to the fatal accident, with proposed penalties totaling $12,000 for exposing workers to falls through unguarded floor openings and from areas over six-feet high that required guardrails.
The company has 15 days to contest the citations and proposed penalties before the independent Occupational Safety and Health Review Commission. Staff from the Ft. Lauderdale OSHA office located at Jacaranda Executive Court, Bldg H-100, 8040 Peters Rd., conducted the inspection; phone: (954) 424-0242.
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