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Region 4 News Release: 05-1963-ATL (261)
Date: Thursday, October 13, 2005
Contact: Andre Richards Jo Anne Burgoyne
Phone: (770) 984-8700 (404) 562-2076
ATLANTA -- The U.S. Labor Department's Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has cited the owner of Maria Isabel Villanueva, and proposed a $42,000 penalty, for exposing workers to fall hazards at an Alpharetta, Ga., apartment complex where the company is renovating buildings.
"Falls are a leading cause of construction worker deaths and serious injuries in the Southeast," said Andre Richards, OSHA's Atlanta-West area director. "These accidents are preventable."
In August, an OSHA inspector observed employees at the Rockberry Lane job site installing siding to the chimneys of two buildings, approximately 20 feet above ground level, with no fall protection. The company received one willful citation, with a proposed penalty of $42,000, for exposing workers to fall hazards.
OSHA issues a willful citation when an employer has shown an intentional disregard of, or plain indifference to, the requirements of the Occupational Safety and Health Act and regulations.
OSHA is committed to reducing falls in construction through a strong enforcement program and by providing compliance assistance separate and distinct from its enforcement arm. For more information about protecting workers from falls, visit OSHA's Web site: http://www.osha.gov/SLTC/fallprotection/.
The Doraville-based company has 15 working days to contest the citations and proposed penalties before the independent Occupational Safety and Health Review Commission. The plant was inspected by staff from OSHA's Atlanta-West area office located at 2400 Herodian Way, Suite 250, Smyrna, Ga., phone: (770) 984-8700.
Employers are responsible for providing a safe and healthful workplace for their employees. 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.
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