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Region 5 News Release:    07-1431-CHI
October 1, 2007
Contact: Scott Allen
Phone: (312) 353-6976


U.S. Labor Department's OSHA cites AJC Restoration Inc. for workplace safety and health violations
Federal action proposes $134,000 in penalties

CHICAGO -- The U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has proposed $134,000 in fines against Wally Cilulko, doing business as AJC Restoration Inc. in Chicago, for alleged multiple willful, serious and repeat violations of federal workplace safety and health standards. AJC Restoration Inc. employs 25 masonry employees at various sites in the Chicago area.

Cilulko, who also owns American Tuckpointing Co. Inc. and American Tuckpointing & Masonry, has received 104 citations since 1989 as a result of OSHA-conducted inspections. One of these inspections was initiated after an employee, attempting to gain access to a scaffold, fell from a roof and died. Cilulko and his companies have not yet paid the $294,200 in outstanding penalties from previous violations.

As a result of its latest safety and health inspection, OSHA issued three willful citations with proposed penalties totaling $105,000, alleging that the company failed to provide its employees adequate fall protection, safe access to scaffolding and fully-planked work scaffolding.

OSHA also issued citations for five serious violations, with proposed penalties of $7,000, for not conducting frequent and regular inspections, not protecting employees from head injuries due to falling objects, failing to ensure that employees wore safety glasses and allowing employees to violate safety standards by placing ladders on top of scaffolding.

Cilulko also received four citations for repeat violations, with proposed penalties of $22,000, for failing to maintain a safety and health program, failing to have scaffolding erected under the supervision of a competent person, failing to train employees working on scaffolding to recognize hazards and follow procedures to minimize hazards, and extending scaffolding platforms past 18 inches of the supports.

"Injuries and fatalities from accidents such as falls or lack of proper safety equipment are largely preventable," said Gary Anderson, director of OSHA's area office in Calumet City, Ill. "Employers must remain committed to keeping the workplace safe and healthful or face intense scrutiny by this agency."

OSHA conducted more than 38,000 inspections nationwide last year, exceeding its inspection goals in each of the last seven years. In fiscal year 2006, OSHA found nearly 84,000 violations of its standards and regulations.

Under the Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970, employers are responsible for providing safe and healthful workplaces for their employees. OSHA's role is to assure the safety and health of America's working men and women by setting and enforcing standards; providing training, outreach and education; establishing partnerships; and encouraging continual process improvement in workplace safety and health. For more information, visit www.osha.gov.


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