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The U.S. Labor Department's Occupational Safety and Health Administration has cited the John Mauro Company, of Rowe Road, Feura Bush, New York, and proposed penalties of $78,000 against the firm for three alleged repeat violations and nine alleged serious violations of OSHA standards. The company has until November 28 to contest the citations.
According to OSHA area director John M. Tomich, the action results from investigations conducted from May 11 through June 20 at the site of the construction of a new Borders book store on Broadway in Saratoga Springs, New York. An OSHA compliance officer had observed employees of the company, a masonry contractor installing the store's exterior brickwork, working on unguarded scaffolding as high as 32 feet above ground.
OSHA cited the firm for failure to provide fall protection systems on scaffolding more than ten feet above ground, to provide safe access to a scaffold platform, and to provide cross-bracing on scaffolds, three alleged repeat violations carrying a total proposed penalty of $60,000.
A repeat violation is one for which an employer has been previously cited for the same or a substantially similar condition and the citation has become a final order of the Occupational Safety and Health Review Commission. The employer was previously cited for these conditions in March, 1999, in Saratoga Springs, New York, and May, 1999, in Amsterdam, New York.
The alleged serious violations for which the employer was cited included:
The serious violations carry a total proposed penalty of $18,000.
A serious violation is defined as a condition which exists where there is a substantial possibility that death or serious physical harm can result.
The investigation was conducted by OSHA's Albany area office, located at 401 New Karner Road, Suite 300, Albany, New York, telephone (518) 464-6742.
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