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The U.S. Labor Department's Occupational Safety and Health Administration has cited Textar Painting Corporation, based in Upper Darby, Pennsylvania, and proposed penalties of $22,800 against the firm for six alleged serious violations of OSHA standards during its work on a bridge project near Buffalo, New York. The company has until December 13 to contest the citations.
According to OSHA area director David E. Boyce, the action results from an investigation begun following a May 24 accident at the South Grand Island Bridge, which crosses the Niagara River between Tonowanda and Grand Island, New York. Employee Antonios Bahateridis, 51, of Upper Darby, was killed when he jumped from a bridge pier to a wooden platform below, crashed through the platform, and fell 28 feet to the ground. The firm was engaged in lead abatement and painting.
Textar is the second contractor to have workers fall while working on the Grand Island Bridges. Two employees of Dynamic Painting-Romano Enterprises were injured, one of them seriously, in falls in July and October, 1998, while working on the North Grand Island Bridge.
"These falls, and the potential for employee exposure to lead and silica while removing old paint, have led us to develop an initiative that targets inspections and outreach activity toward this industry," Boyce said. "We aim to reduce the hazards of falls and exposure to lead and silica for employees working on bridge renovation in Western New York."
The alleged serious violations for which the employer was cited included:
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 Buffalo area office, located at 5360 Genesee Street, Bowmansville, New York, telephone (716) 684-3891.
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