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The U.S. Labor Department's Occupational Safety and Health Administration(OSHA) today cited C&B Mechanical Contractors, Inc., and proposed penalties totaling $57,750 for safety violations at a Tifton, Ga., construction site.
According to Luis R. Santiago, OSHA's Savannah area director, an employee was electrocuted on Dec. 5, 1999 when an excavator used to hoist a pipe he was helping to install came in contact with overhead power lines.
Following investigation of the accident, OSHA cited C&B for one willful and four serious safety violations, including:
Santiago said, "Our investigation determined that C&B had willfully failed to maintain a minimum distance of 10 feet from overhead power lines. The company was fully aware of the danger because contact had been made earlier with power lines while employees were working on another area of the project."
OSHA defines a willful violation as one committed with an intentional disregard of, or plain indifference to, the requirements of the OSH Act and regulations.
A serious violation is one in which there is a substantial probability that death or serious physical harm could result and that the employer knew or should have known of the hazard.
C&B Mechanical Contractors, which employs approximately 60 workers, has 15 working days to contest OSHA's citations and proposed penalties before the independent Occupational Safety and Health Review Commission.
Inspection of the Tifton worksite was conducted by OSHA's area office located at 450 Mall Boulevard, Suite J., Savannah, Ga. 31406; telephone: (912) 652-4393.
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