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Region 4 News Release
Release Number: 05-1552-ATL (193)
Date: Wednesday, August 24, 2005
Contact: Luis Santiago Jo Anne Burgoyne
Phone: (954) 424-0242 (404) 562-2076
Proposed Penalties Total $117,550
FT. LAUDERDALE, Fla. -- The U.S. Labor Department's Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has cited two Florida construction contractors and proposed total penalties of $117,550 after inspecting a job site in Lake Worth, Fla.
"OSHA is committed to protecting workers from fall hazards, a leading cause of death and injury in Florida's construction industry," said Luis Santiago, OSHA's Ft. Lauderdale area director. "We initiated an inspection at this site Feb. 24 after observing unsafe scaffolding, a major contributor to fall-related accidents."
Drawdy Brothers Construction II received two repeat citations, with proposed penalties totaling $75,000, for exposing workers to falls from scaffolds with inadequate planking and from open-sided floors of the building under construction. The company had been cited previously for similar violations and those citations had become a final order of the independent Occupational Safety and Health Review Commission.
Drawdy also received eight serious citations, with proposed penalties totaling $34,000, for exposing workers to falls through unguarded floor openings and from scaffolding that lacked proper foundations and braces to prevent tipping. These citations also charged that Drawdy failed to provide employees with eye protection when they operated circular saws.
Among the hazards noted in the six serious citations against general contractor Max South Construction were inadequately erected scaffolds, unguarded floor openings and accumulated debris at the base of the scaffolding. The proposed penalties for these citations total $8,550.
The companies have 15 days to contest the OSHA citations and proposed penalties before the independent Occupational Safety and Health Review Commission. The work site was inspected by OSHA's Ft. Lauderdale area office, located at Jacaranda Executive Court, Building H-100, 8040 Peters Rd; phone: (954) 424-0242.
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