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Region 2 News Release: 06-1188-NEW
Wed., July 12, 2006
Contact: Leni Uddyback-Fortson
Phone: (215) 861-5102
ABSECON, N.J. -- The U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has cited Donahue Stucco, LLC for alleged violations of the Occupational Safety and Health Act, proposing $46,200 in penalties. The Absecon, N.J. company performs masonry work, employing eight workers.
OSHA initiated its inspection in January 2006 after the company's employees were observed working from a scaffold without fall protection at a construction site in Egg Harbor City, N.J. According to Gary Roskoski, area director of OSHA's Marlton office, the company was cited for two willful violations, which carry a penalty of $25,000, four serious violations, which carry a penalty of $8,000 and three repeat violations, which carry a penalty of $13,200.
"OSHA regulations are designed to ensure that employers maintain a safe and healthy workplace for their employees," said Roskoski. "Without OSHA enforcement on this site, Donahue Stucco employees would have continued working without the appropriate protection required, and been exposed to hazards that could have resulted in fatal injuries."
The willful violations address the company's failure to provide fall protection for employees working from a scaffold or a ladder to access the scaffold and building ledge. The repeat violations are due to the company's failure to provide workers with hard hats and failure to secure the scaffolding workers were using. The serious violations include the company's failure to have an accident prevention program, failure to provide fall protection for employees working on a building edge fourteen feet high, incorrect use of cross braces on scaffolding; and failure to train employees to recognize hazards associated with scaffold use.
A willful violation is one committed with an intentional disregard of, or plain indifference to, the requirements of the Occupational Safety and Health Act. A repeat violation is one in which the employer has been cited during the past three years for substantially similar violations. A serious violation is issued when there is substantial probability that death or serious injury could occur from a hazard about which the employer knew or should have known.
The company has 15 working days from receipt of the citations to appeal before the independent Occupational Safety and Health Review Commission. The investigation was conducted by the Marlton OSHA office, 701 Route 73 South, Suite 120, Marlton, N.J. 08053. Phone: (856) 757-5181.
Employers are responsible for providing a safe and healthful workplace for their employees. OSHA's role is to ensure 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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