Region 3 News Release: III-99-06-10-049-PHL
Thurs., June 10, 1999
Contact: Kate Dugan
PHONE : (215) 596-1147 After Hours:(610) 522-9484
PHILADELPHIA CONSTRUCTION COMPANY CITED FOR SAFETY AND HEALTH VIOLATIONS
San Lucas Construction Co., Philadelphia, Pa., a general contractor on the Philadelphia Housing Authority's Richard Allen Hope VI Project on Parish Drive, has been cited by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration for alleged violations of safety and health standards. The agency has proposed a penalty of $32,600.
During this inspection, San Lucas was issued one willful violation for lack of fall protection, proposed penalty $28,000; three serious violations for lack of adequate fire protection, open pits and stair rails, proposed penalty $3,000; one repeat violation for not extending the side rails of portable ladders three feet past the upper landing surface, proposed penalty $1,600; and two other-than-serious violations for electrical hazards and housekeeping, no penalty.
"We have inspected this worksite seven times in the past year," said Phyllis Kyner, area director of the Philadelphia OSHA office. "and in nearly all cases San Lucas has been cited for fall hazards. Though the employer knew of the condition and their responsibility to correct it, the company continued to allow employees to be exposed to falls up to 25 feet. Eleven other contractors onsite have also been cited by OSHA for fall and electrical hazards."
Willful violations are those committed with an intentional disregard of, or plain indifference to, the requirements of the OSH act and regulations.
Repeat violations occur when an employer has been cited previously for a substantially similar condition and the citations have become a final order of the Occupational Safety and Health Review Commission (OSHRC).
Serious violations involve a substantial probability that death or serious
physical harm could result and that the employer knew or should have known of the hazard.
The company has 15 working days from receipt of the citations to either decide to comply, to request an informal conference with the OSHA area director, or to contest the citations and proposed penalties before the independent Occupational Safety and Health Review Commission.
The inspection was conducted by the Philadelphia OSHA office, 2nd and Chestnut Sts., Room 242, Philadelphia, Pa., telephone (215) 597-4955.
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