Region 9 News Release: USDL-110
August 13, 1999
Contact: Deanne Amaden at 415-975-4741 or Tino Serrano at 415-975-4742
GUAM CONSTRUCTION CONTRACTOR CITED FOR REPEATED SAFETY VIOLATIONS
Pacific Crown Construction fined $105,000
SAN FRANCISCO -- The Occupational Safety and Health Administration has issued citations for two serious violations and three repeat violations against a contractor working on the $40 million Micronesia Mall expansion project in Dededo, Guam.
OSHA issued citations for two serious violations, each with a $2,500 penalty, and three repeat violations, with fines of $100,000, to Pacific Crown Construction, headquartered in Tamuning. OSHA cited the company for serious violations of its safety standards by failing to provide employees with face protection while they handled pneumatic hoses used in pouring concrete, and for failing to protect employees from falling through holes in form work for cast-in-place concrete.
OSHA also issued citations for three repeat violations for the same or similar hazards observed during a January 1998 inspection of work by Pacific Crown at the mall project. OSHA officials found that the contractor failed to provide fall protection for employees working on an elevated platform, exposing the workers to a more than 15 foot fall onto concrete reinforcing steel rods; failed to provide employees with stairs or ladders for access to an elevated work area, forcing workers to climb the frame work of the scaffolding to reach their work area; and failed to provide fall protection for employees working at the edges of the second level parking lot approximately 34 feet above ground level.
"Falls from heights are one of the four leading causes of deaths and serious injuries in the construction industry," said Leonard Limtiaco, the OSHA director who supervised the investigations. "Construction employers must give top priority to complying with our standards so they can ensure the safety and health of their employees."
OSHA cited this company last October for failing to provide fall protection after an employee fell to his death when a scaffold tipped over.
OSHA issues a serious citation only when there is substantial probability that death or serious physical harm could result, and the employer either knew, or should have known, of the hazard. A repeat citation is issued when OSHA finds a hazard cited during a previous inspection.
The company has 15 working days from the date of the notice to contest the citations.
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