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OSHA CITES CONTRACTOR WORKING AT THREE RIVERS STADIUM FOR SAFETY AND HEALTH VIOLATIONS
PITTSBURGH - The U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration today cited Bianchi Trison Corporation, headquartered in Syracuse, N.Y. for alleged safety and health violations while demolishing Three River Stadium in Pittsburgh last February. The agency is proposing $454,550 in penalties.
According to Robert Szymanski, area director of the Pittsburgh OSHA office, six willful health violations, with a proposed penalty of $324,000 were issued for overexposing employees to lead.
"Employees were totally unprotected and at risk from the dangerous effect of lead," said Szymanski. "The company had no plan to protect employees before the implosion and a deficient plan after the implosion."
Two willful safety violations and seven serious violations, with a total proposed penalty of $130,550 were also issued for unprotected wall openings exposing employees to falls ranging from 20 to 60 feet, debris drop areas that were not barricaded, open-sided floors, improper erection and utilization of scaffolding and other electrical and fall hazards.
Willful violations are those committed with an intentional disregard of, or plain indifference to, the requirement of the OSH act. Serious violations are those which there is a substantial probability that death or serious physical harm could result, and the employer knew or should have known of the hazards.
The company has 15 working day to contest the citations and proposed penalties before the independent Occupational Safety and Health Commission.
Editors Note: A complete listing of violations and proposed penalties is attached..
Summary of proposed violations and penalties:
HEALTH - ALL WILLFUL
SAFETY - TWO WILLFUL
SAFETY - SEVEN SERIOUS
Proposed Penalty: $18,550
TOTAL Proposed Penalty: $454,550
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